|Central coordinates||35o 42.30' East 16o 29.64' South|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2, A3|
|Altitude||800 - 2,200m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description Mount Chiperone is an isolated mountain peak at the southern extremity of a chain of East African mountain ranges. It lies 40 km south of the frontier town of Milange. It supports substantial montane forests and is surrounded by deciduous woodlands (mainly Brachystegia-dominated).
Key Biodiversity See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. The avifauna of the site is known only from a report by Benson, based on a brief collecting expedition which took place in 1950. Alethe choloensis and Apalis chariessa are believed to occur in the montane forest—the only site in Mozambique for the latter species. It is likely that more globally threatened and restricted-range species occur. One species of the East African Coast biome has been reported, as has one of the Zambezian biome, Nectarinia shelleyi (Table 3). The latter species has been recorded in woodlands in the vicinity, making this the only IBA in Mozambique where it is known to be present. However, it is probably fairly widespread, and may yet be found at other sites.
Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Bar-tailed Trogon Apaloderma vittatum||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Grey Cuckooshrike Coracina caesia||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|White-tailed Crested-flycatcher Elminia albonotata||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|White-winged Apalis Apalis chariessa||resident||1999||present||-||A1, A2||Vulnerable|
|Yellow-throated Woodland-warbler Phylloscopus ruficapilla||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Thyolo Alethe Alethe choloensis||resident||1999||present||-||A1, A2, A3||Endangered|
|Orange Ground-thrush Zoothera gurneyi||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|White-starred Robin Pogonocichla stellata||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Olive-flanked Robin-chat Cossypha anomala||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Red-faced Crimson-wing Cryptospiza reichenovii||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
References Benson (1950).
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