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Location South Africa, Northern Province
Central coordinates 29o 55.00' East  22o 57.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3, A4ii
Area 260,000 ha
Altitude 1,000 - 1,747m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

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Summary The Soutpansberg, an east–west trending mountain range, stretches some 130 km from 10 km west of Thohoyandou in the east to Vivo in the west. Patches of high-altitude Afromontane forest are found in valleys and moist basins. The Soutpansberg supports a Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres colony, Cape Parrot Poicephalus robustus and Crowned Eagle Stephanoaetus coronatus.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Buteo oreophilus resident  1998  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres resident  116-171 breeding pairs  A1, A4ii  Vulnerable 
Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres winter  250-400 individuals  A4ii  Vulnerable 
Knysna Turaco Tauraco corythaix resident  1998  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Grey Cuckooshrike Coracina caesia resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
African Scrub-warbler Bradypterus barratti resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-throated Woodland-warbler Phylloscopus ruficapilla resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Orange Ground-thrush Zoothera gurneyi resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-starred Robin Pogonocichla stellata resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chorister Robin-chat Cossypha dichroa resident  1998  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Gurney's Sugarbird Promerops gurneyi resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Swee Waxbill Estrilda melanotis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Forest Canary Serinus scotops resident  1998  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Entabeni Nature Reserve 12,054 protected area contained by site 12,054  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Lowland forest - undifferentiated  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 14%
nature conservation and research 8%
military -
nature conservation and research 100%
tourism/recreation -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Soutpansberg. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/12/2014

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