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Location South Africa, Northern Cape
Central coordinates 24o 10.00' East  30o 37.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A3, A4i, A4ii
Area 1,200,000 ha
Altitude 1,100 - 1,691m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

BirdLife South Africa



Summary The conservancy covers the entire districts of De Aar, Philipstown and Hanover in the southeastern portion of the Northern Cape Province. Although the land in the IBA is primarily used for grazing and agriculture, it includes the suburban towns of De Aar, Philipstown, Petrusville and Hanover. This area holds vitally important populations of Secretarybird Sagittarius serpentarius, Ludwig's Bustard Neotis ludwigii, Kori Bustard Ardeotis kori and large numbers of Karoo Korhaan Eupodotis vigorsii.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra winter  10-20 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni winter  5,000-10,000 individuals  A1, A4ii  Least Concern 
Ludwig's Bustard Neotis ludwigii resident  1998  present  A3  Endangered 
Karoo Bustard Heterotetrax vigorsii resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue Bustard Eupodotis caerulescens resident  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Blue Crane Anthropoides paradiseus resident  200-400 breeding pairs  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Blue Crane Anthropoides paradiseus winter  1,000-2,500 individuals  A4i  Vulnerable 
Karoo Long-billed Lark Certhilauda subcoronata resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Karoo Lark Certhilauda albescens resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Namaqua Warbler Phragmacia substriata 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)  
Rolfontein Nature Reserve 31,425 protected area contained by site 6,200  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Shrubland - bushy Karroo  -
Grassland   99%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research 1%
tourism/recreation -
water management 90%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Platberg-Karoo Conservancy. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 16/09/2014

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