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Location South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal
Central coordinates 29o 28.00' East  29o 20.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3, A4i, A4ii
Area 242,813 ha
Altitude 1,280 - 3,409m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

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Summary This crescent-shaped Park, which forms part of southern Africa's eastern escarpment, extends for c. 200 km along most of KwaZulu-Natal's southwestern border with Lesotho.This Park is one of the world's primary breeding strongholds of the Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres. Other widespread cliff-nesting species include Jackal Buzzard Buteo rufofuscus, Lanner Falcon Falco biarmicus and Black Stork Ciconia nigra.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  10-15 breeding pairs  A4i  Least Concern 
Black Stork Ciconia nigra winter  35-70 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Southern Bald Ibis Geronticus calvus resident  1998  60-100 breeding pairs  unknown  A1, A3, A4i  Vulnerable 
Southern Bald Ibis Geronticus calvus winter  200-400 individuals  A4i  Vulnerable 
Buteo oreophilus resident  1998  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres resident  200-230 breeding pairs  A1, A4ii  Vulnerable 
Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres winter  1,000-1,325 individuals  A4ii  Vulnerable 
Black Harrier Circus maurus resident  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Striped Flufftail Sarothrura affinis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Corncrake Crex crex winter  present  A1  Least Concern 
Wattled Crane Bugeranus carunculatus resident  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Blue Crane Anthropoides paradiseus resident  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Ground Woodpecker Geocolaptes olivaceus resident  present  A1  Least Concern 
Olive Bush-shrike Telophorus olivaceus resident  1998  present  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 
Bush Blackcap Lioptilus nigricapillus resident  1998  present  A1, A3  Near Threatened 
Drakensberg Rockjumper Chaetops aurantius resident  1998  present  A1, A2, A3  Least Concern 
White-starred Robin Pogonocichla stellata resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chorister Robin-chat Cossypha dichroa resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Buff-streaked Chat Oenanthe bifasciata resident  1998  present  A1, A3  Least Concern 
Gurney's Sugarbird Promerops gurneyi resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Swee Waxbill Estrilda melanotis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-breasted Pipit Anthus chloris resident  1998  present  A1, A3  Vulnerable 
Mountain Pipit Anthus hoeschi resident  1998  present  A1, A2  Least Concern 
Forest Canary Serinus scotops resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Drakensberg Siskin Serinus symonsi resident  1998  present  A1, A2, A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Natal Drakensberg National Park 7,624 protected area contains site 242,813  
Natal Drakensberg Park Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 242,813 is identical to site 242,813  
UKhahlamba / Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site 242,813 is identical to site 242,813  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Scrub - woodland  -
Grassland Grassland - montane; Grassland - secondary  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 100%
agriculture -
nature conservation and research 3%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: UKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/08/2014

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