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Location Mozambique, Maputo
Central coordinates 32o 7.00' East  26o 20.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 4,000 ha
Altitude 200 - 500m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Site description The site lies within the Libombo mountain range, a rhyolite ridge running along the frontier between Mozambique and Swaziland. It includes steep hillsides, a gorge through which the Changelane river flows and a large cliff-face at the joint confluence of the streams Timbogoloene and Mizinandjovo with the Changelane river. The vegetation consists of coastal forest (on the steeper slopes), woodland and savanna. The area is inhabited by itinerant charcoal manufacturers in temporary dwellings, and by subsistence farmers in fewer than 10 more permanent homesteads.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres resident  10-15 breeding pairs  A1  Vulnerable 
Four-coloured Bush-shrike Telophorus quadricolor resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rudd's Apalis Apalis ruddi resident  1999  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Black-bellied Glossy-starling Lamprotornis corruscus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Mouse-coloured Sunbird Nectarinia veroxii resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Pink-throated Twinspot Hypargos margaritatus resident  1999  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Lemon-breasted Seedeater Serinus citrinipectus resident  1999  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
other -
Notes: Charcoal production.

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International. Larger mammals which used to occur in the area have been exterminated by hunting.

References Clancey (1996), Parker (1994a, b, 1997, 1999).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Changelane river gorge. Downloaded from on 25/10/2014

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