The site consists of Mount Namuli and part of the plain to the north. The mountain is an isolated peak rising out of the plain. Habitat consists of Brachystegia woodland at the base, grassland and scrub with forested river valleys on the slopes, grassy plateaus with forest patches and dense forest at the summit.
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. Alethe choloensis, Modulatrix orostruthus and Apalis lynesi are all residents of the montane forest and woodland, with the last-mentioned species being endemic to this site. Dendropicos stierlingi is a resident of Brachystegia woodland on the plains to the north, as—probably—is Ploceus olivaceiceps (it is not certain whether specimens collected in this region originated within the boundaries of this site). One species characteristic of the East African Coast biome has been reported from the IBA, as have three of the Zambezian biome (Table 3).
Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Presently, the forests at the summit are largely untouched, but selective logging has recently commenced. A road which passes close to the summit is currently under construction and this could lead to large-scale exploitation of the forests. The lower slopes are densely settled, and although there are significant areas of semi-natural grassland and scrub, only remnants of riverine forest remain. Brachystegia woodlands at the base, to the south and west, have been cleared for agriculture. It is not known to what extent similar woodlands to the north and east have shared the same fate.
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mount Namuli. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 22/02/2020.