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Location South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal
Central coordinates 30o 3.00' East  29o 56.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 11,948 ha
Altitude 560 - 1,720m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

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Summary The mistbelt forms an irregular band through the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, extending from Weza in the southwest to Ngome in the northeast. The forests hold many important species, including the largest remaining population of the threatened Cape Parrot Poicephalus robustus as well as Red-necked Spurfowl Pternistis afer and Lemon Dove Aplopelia larvata.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Buteo oreophilus resident  1998  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Knysna Turaco Tauraco corythaix resident  1998  present  A2, A3  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, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Orange Ground-thrush Zoothera gurneyi resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-starred Robin Pogonocichla stellata resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chorister Robin-chat Cossypha dichroa resident  1998  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Swee Waxbill Estrilda melanotis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Forest Canary Serinus scotops resident  1998  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Montane forest - mixed  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 1%
fisheries/aquaculture -
nature conservation and research 100%
tourism/recreation -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: KwaZulu-Natal Mistbelt Forests. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/09/2014

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