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Location Mozambique, Zambezia
Central coordinates 38o 44.00' East  17o 0.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 40,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 50m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description The site consists of the coastal region between Notocoto and Moebase and the adjoining hinterland. Habitats include intertidal flats, mangrove swamps, beaches and sand-dunes, grassland and marshes, evergreen forest and deciduous woodland. Human activities consist of fishing and subsistence agriculture.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Madagascar Pond-heron Ardeola idae winter  present  A1  Endangered 
Southern Banded Snake-eagle Circaetus fasciolatus resident  1999  present  A1, A3  Near Threatened 
Mangrove Kingfisher Halcyon senegaloides resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Böhm's Bee-eater Merops boehmi resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Pale-billed Hornbill Lophoceros pallidirostris resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Zululand Batis Batis fratrum resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Pale Batis Batis soror resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-fronted Helmet-shrike Prionops scopifrons resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-bellied Tit Parus rufiventris resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-bellied Glossy-starling Lamprotornis corruscus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Plain-backed Sunbird Anthreptes reichenowi resident  1999  present  A1, A3  Near Threatened 
Mouse-coloured Sunbird Nectarinia veroxii resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-breasted Sunbird Nectarinia talatala resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Zanzibar Bishop Euplectes nigroventris resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Broad-tailed Paradise-whydah Vidua obtusa resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland   2%
Grassland   2%
Forest   95%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
not utilised -

Other biodiversity A project by the Port Elizabeth Museum (South Africa) is currently investigating the status of flora, reptiles and invertebrates. Descriptions of a new species of olympic snake (Dromophis sp.), dwarf day gecko (Lygodactylus sp.) and a new tree genus are in preparation. Larger mammals have mostly been hunted to extinction.

References Branch and Branch (1998), Dold (1998).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Moebase region. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/08/2014

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