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Location South Africa, Northern Cape
Central coordinates 20o 20.00' East  28o 35.00' South
IBA criteria A3
Area 25,900 ha
Altitude 582 - 914m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

BirdLife South Africa



Summary The Augrabies Falls National Park is situated on the vast Bushmanland peneplain where it straddles the Orange River. The IBA falls within the Nama-Karoo Biome, with arid grasslands and open karroid thornveld present on the plains, and the rocky hills covered in a sparse vegetation type known as hardeveld. 

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ludwig's Bustard Neotis ludwigii resident  1998  present  A3  Endangered 
Karoo Bustard Heterotetrax vigorsii resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Karoo Lark Certhilauda albescens resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Stark's Lark Eremalauda starki resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-eared Sparrow-lark Eremopterix australis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Namaqua Warbler Phragmacia substriata resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Kopje Warbler Euryptila subcinnamomea resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Layard's Warbler Sylvia layardi resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Pale-winged Starling Onychognathus nabouroup resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sicklewing Chat Cercomela sinuata resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Karoo Chat Cercomela schlegelii resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Tractrac Chat Cercomela tractrac resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-headed Canary Serinus alario resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Augrabies Falls National Park 55,361 protected area contains site 25,900  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Shrubland - succulent Karroo  -
Artificial - terrestrial   2%
Grassland   97%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
tourism/recreation -
nature conservation and research 100%
tourism/recreation -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Augrabies Falls National Park. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/12/2014

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