War Harqaan - isha Dolondole

Year of compilation: 2001

Site description
The site of War Harqaan–isha Dolondole (Harqan–Dalandoole) lies in the interior of southern Somalia on the limestone and gypsum plateau west of the Shabeelle river, immediately south and east of the town of Xuddur. The vegetation consists of AcaciaCommiphora bushland and thicket.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Table 3 for key species. Although relatively few Somali–Masai biome species have, to date, been recorded, these include some, such as Onychognathus salvadori, which occur nationally at few other IBAs. The area has yet to be surveyed thoroughly.

Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals of conservation concern that occur, or which used to do so, include Panthera leo (VU), Loxodonta africana (EN), Diceros bicornis (CR), Equus grevyi (EN) and Giraffa camelopardalis (LR/cd). The site is also believed to be of great botanical interest.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The site has been proposed as a Wildlife Reserve. Overgrazing is likely to be a problem.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: War Harqaan - isha Dolondole. Downloaded from on 06/10/2022.