Nyanje Hills

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2005

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni LC - - - A1
Rufous-bellied Tit Melaniparus rufiventris LC - - - A3
Stierling's Wren-warbler Calamonastes stierlingi LC - - - A3
White-breasted Sunbird Cinnyris talatala LC - - - A3
Eastern Miombo Sunbird Cinnyris manoensis LC - - - A3
Broad-tailed Paradise-whydah Vidua obtusa LC - - - A3
Black-eared Seedeater Crithagra mennelli LC - - - A3

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2005 medium near favourable negligible
Was the whole site covered? No State assessed by Habitat
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Biological resource use gathering terrestrial plants - unintentional effects (species being assessed is not the target) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Natural system modifications fire & fire suppression - increase in fire frequency/intensity happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Condition of habitat (state)
Habitat Habitat Detail Reference Area (ha) Actual Area (ha) % of habitat remaining % of carrying capacity (overall) Result
Forest 0 0 moderate (70-90%) good (> 90%) near favourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Little/none of site covered (<10%) Unknown Very little or no conservation action taking place negligible
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Siinda Forest Reserve 3,790 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Nchembwe Forest Reserve 654 protected area contained by site 0
Chilowe Forest Reserve 622 protected area contained by site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) Inselbergs, kopjes & inland cliffs -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Nyanje Hills. Downloaded from on 03/10/2022.