Saise River

Country/territory: Zambia

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (2001)
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Area: 4,000 ha

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Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2005 medium favourable negligible
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Site description
Just east of Mbala, the river and its immediate tributaries constitute the only system which drains from Zambia into Tanzania. The site covers the stretch adjacent to the border where there is papyrus swamp, a small flood-plain and rich termitaria. Villages are scattered throughout the surrounding area, cattle are grazed on the flood-plain and the river is heavily fished.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. A poorly known area, apparently visited for the first and only time by ornithologists in 1996, when Ploceus reichardi was discovered in considerable numbers—it probably breeds in the area. Gallinago media occurs, and other birds found included Rallus caerulescens, Sarothrura rufa, Gallinago gallinago, G. nigripennis, Corythaixoides personatus, Tricholaema lacrymosa, Saxicola rubetra, Nectarinia mariquensis and Quelea erythrops.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Saise River. Downloaded from on 05/02/2023.