Njesi plateau

Year of compilation: 2001

Site description
The site consists of the northern arm of the Lichinga plateau and part of the adjoining plain. The habitat consists of montane grassland with forested gullies on the plateau, surrounded by Brachystegia woodland on the lower slopes and at the base.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. The birdlife of the site is known only from one report, based on a single visit in 1945. Alethe choloensis, Modulatrix stictigula, Orthotomus moreaui and Orthotomus metopias are resident in the montane forest, while Dendropicos stierlingi and Ploceus olivaceiceps are resident in the Brachystegia woodland. One species of the East African Coast biome and three of the Zambezian biome have been recorded.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The only account of the site dates from 1946. It is not known to what extent human activities have encroached on the natural habitats in the meantime. Further exploration is urgently needed to assess the current status of the site.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Njesi plateau. Downloaded from on 17/01/2021.