|Central coordinates||25o 20.00' East 25o 7.00' South|
|IBA criteria||A1, A3|
|Altitude||1,000 - 1,200m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description This extensive site includes the Pitsane grasslands as well as mixed savanna, low rolling hills and farmland stretching north from Ramatlabama on the South African border to Gaborone, north to Bokaa and then west to the Moshawong Valley and then south through Thamaga and Kanye down through Mokgomane and into the Pitsane grasslands. The Pitsane grasslands themselves are in the extreme south-east of Botswana, lying south of 25°30’S and east of 25°E, stretching from Ramatlabama west along the Ramatlabama river and Molopo river valleys to Phitshane Molopo, north from Ramatlabama to Pitsane, from Pitsane west to Good Hope, and from there south-west down to Phitshane Molopo. Apart from open grasslands, there is also Acacia parkland and low, scrubby Acacia savanna. Much of the pasture and savanna is used for grazing by livestock, but there are extensive, if small, individual areas under cultivation too. Those parts of the site to the north of the Pitsane grasslands include cultivation, mixed savanna, rolling tree or bush-clad hills and several pans, notably Kgoro Pan and Kgajane Pan near Good Hope and Thamaga, which retain water in winters following good rains.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus||winter||1998||unknown||-||A1||Near Threatened|
|Burchell's Sandgrouse Pterocles burchelli||resident||1998||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Short-clawed Lark Certhilauda chuana||resident||1998||present||-||A1, A3||Least Concern|
|Barred Wren-warbler Camaroptera fasciolata||resident||1998||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Burchell's Glossy-starling Lamprotornis australis||resident||1998||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Kalahari Scrub-robin Erythropygia paena||resident||1998||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Sociable Weaver Philetairus socius||resident||1998||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial - terrestrial||21%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.
References Herremans and Herremans (1992a), Herremans et al. (1994), Herremans (1997), Penry (1994), Wilson (1983).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: South-east Botswana. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/08/2014
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