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Location South Africa, Free State
Central coordinates 29o 23.00' East  28o 18.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A4i
Area 58 ha
Altitude 1,640 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

BirdLife South Africa

Summary The farm Murphy's Rust 209 is located c. 20 km east of Harrismith. It lies in the Grassland Biome and consists primarily of flat grassland plains, most of which are used for growing maize, wheat, soya beans and pasture grass, while the remaining natural grassland on the slopes is grazed by sheep and cattle. The site holds White-winged Flufftail Sarothrura ayresi.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-winged Flufftail Sarothrura ayresi winter  1998  10-15 individuals  unknown  A1, A4i  Critically Endangered 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Grassland - highveld  -
Wetlands (inland) Permanent herbaceous swamps and bogs  -
Artificial - terrestrial   90%
Shrubland   10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -
agriculture -
other -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Murphy's Rust. Downloaded from on 28/04/2015

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