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Location South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal
Central coordinates 29o 27.00' East  29o 57.00' South
IBA criteria A1
Area 2,000 ha
Altitude 1,250 - 1,745m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

BirdLife South Africa

Summary Located c. 18 km due south of Underberg, the major feature of the IBA is the Ingwangwana River. The floodplain is fairly flat and narrow, rising up gently from the south bank to a series of low hills. Whitewinged Flufftail Sarothrura ayresi, African Marsh Harrier Circus ranivorus, Grey Crowned Crane Balearica regulorum and Wattled Crane Bugeranus carunculatus have been recorded in the area. 

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres winter  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Black Harrier Circus maurus resident  present  A1  Vulnerable 
White-winged Flufftail Sarothrura ayresi winter  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Bush Blackcap Lioptilus nigricapillus resident  1998  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Buff-streaked Chat Oenanthe bifasciata resident  1998  present  A1  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Coleford Provincial Nature Reserve 1,255 protected area contains site 2,000  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland)   -
Shrubland   15%
Forest   85%
Grassland Grassland - montane  -

Land use

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Greater Ingwangwana River. Downloaded from on 18/09/2014

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