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Location South Africa, Mpumalanga
Central coordinates 30o 15.00' East  26o 19.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4ii, A4iii
Area 62,500 ha
Altitude 1,808 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

BirdLife South Africa

Summary The Chrissie Pans IBA lies in the Mpumalanga Lakes District (85 065 ha), centred on the village of Chrissiesmeer. This site comprises a system of over 320 pans on private land, and boasts the largest natural inland freshwater lake in South Africa. When the pans are wet, total numbers regularly exceed 20 000 birds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus winter  1,991-3,522 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor winter  common  A1  Near Threatened 
Southern Bald Ibis Geronticus calvus winter  80-100 individuals  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni winter  1,000-5,000 individuals  A1, A4ii  Least Concern 
Wattled Crane Bugeranus carunculatus winter  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Blue Crane Anthropoides paradiseus winter  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni winter  5,000 individuals  A1, A4i  Near Threatened 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Grassland - edaphic, wet  -
Wetlands (inland) Freshwater lakes and pools  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 80%
forestry -
nature conservation and research 1%
nature conservation and research 100%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Chrissie Pans. Downloaded from on 03/09/2014

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