Southern Plateau: Furrus

Country/territory: Eritrea

IBA Criteria met: A3 (2001)
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Area: 3,200 ha

Site description
The site lies in the Central Plateau about 40 km south of Asmara and 12 km west of the town of Dekemhare. It also lies c.40 km north of Mareb escarpment (ER012) and contains similar habitat to that site, but lies at slightly higher altitude (1,800 m and over). It consists of open Acacia spp. woodland with Aloe sp. and Ficus sp. in riverine areas. During the rains, parts of the area become flooded.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Table 2 for key species. There are possible records for the site of Circus macrourus, but these were not definitely distinguished from C. pygargus. There are also records of three Sahel biome species (Table 2), including a possible record of Streptopelia roseogrisea (although this may be a case of confusion with S. capicola: Zinner pers. comm.) and two Sudan–Guinea Savanna species, including one of only two site records for Myrmecocichla albifrons. There are also four species of the Somali–Masai biome recorded; see Table 2. The site is also important for a wide range of Afrotropical and migrant raptors, with records including Milvus migrans, Gyps rueppellii, Torgos tracheliotus, Circaetus gallicus, Melierax metabates, M. gabar, Buteo buteo, Aquila rapax / nipalensis, A. verreauxi, Lophaetus occipitalis, Falco biarmicus and F. tinnunculus.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Southern Plateau: Furrus. Downloaded from on 26/03/2023.