|Central coordinates||38o 44.00' East 17o 0.00' South|
|IBA criteria||A1, A3|
|Altitude||0 - 50m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Ornithological information See Box and Table 3 for key species. The variety of habitats support a high diversity of birdlife. Ardeola idae has been reported as a non-breeding winter visitor and the marshlands may be an important wintering site for the species. Circaetus fasciolatus and Anthreptes reichenowi are resident in the forests. Euplectes nigroventris (of the East African Coast biome) and Tockus pallidirostris (of the Zambezian biome) are not known from any other IBA in Mozambique. Regular wetland counts may reveal that numbers of some waterbird species exceed 1% threshold levels. Offshore islands have not yet been explored and may be important breeding grounds for seabirds.
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.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Madagascar Pond-heron Ardeola idae||winter||-||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Endangered|
|Southern Banded Snake-eagle Circaetus fasciolatus||resident||1999||present [units unknown]||-||A1, A3||Near Threatened|
|Mangrove Kingfisher Halcyon senegaloides||resident||1999||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Boehm's Bee-eater Merops boehmi||resident||1999||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Pale-billed Hornbill Tockus pallidirostris||resident||1999||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Zululand Batis Batis fratrum||resident||1999||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Pale Batis Batis soror||resident||1999||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Chestnut-fronted Helmet-shrike Prionops scopifrons||resident||1999||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Rufous-bellied Tit Parus rufiventris||resident||1999||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Black-bellied Glossy-starling Lamprotornis corruscus||resident||1999||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Plain-backed Sunbird Anthreptes reichenowi||resident||1999||present [units unknown]||-||A1, A3||Near Threatened|
|Mouse-coloured Sunbird Nectarinia veroxii||resident||1999||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|White-breasted Sunbird Nectarinia talatala||resident||1999||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Zanzibar Bishop Euplectes nigroventris||resident||1999||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Broad-tailed Paradise-whydah Vidua obtusa||resident||1999||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
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.
Management considerations Subsistence agriculture is making severe inroads into the Brachystegia woodlands. This is exacerbated by an influx of settlers to the area since the end of the civil war. The beaches may have provided breeding sites for turtles in the past, but if so these have been destroyed. The large concentration of fishermen raises concern about sustainability of the exploitation of marine resources.
References Branch and Branch (1998), Dold (1998).
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