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Location Botswana, Kgatleng,Kweneng,Southern
Central coordinates 25o 20.00' East  25o 7.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 750,000 ha
Altitude 1,000 - 1,200m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

BirdLife Botswana (Partner Designate)

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.

Populations of IBA trigger species

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%
Shrubland   8%
Grassland   65%
Forest   5%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -

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 on 22/10/2014

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