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Location South Africa, Eastern Cape
Central coordinates 28o 37.00' East  32o 0.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A4ii
Area 2,000 ha
Altitude 280 - 625m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

BirdLife South Africa

Site description Collywobbles is an ancestral vulture colony occurring along the cliffs of the convoluted gorge formed by the meandering mBashe river in the Idutywa District (former Transkei). The colony is situated c.5 km from the Collywobbles store. This colony has been in existence since at least the 1890s. The river, which has cut a deep broad gorge, lies 300 m below the surrounding plains.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres resident  60-90 breeding pairs  A1, A4ii  Vulnerable 
Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres winter  150-250 individuals  A4ii  Vulnerable 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Unknown   -
Forest   100%
Rocky areas Inselbergs, kopjes & inland cliffs  -

Land use

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

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Jarvis et al. (1974), Vernon and Piper (1988), Vernon et al. (1980, 1982, 1983, 1984).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Collywobbles Vulture Colony. Downloaded from on 11/07/2014

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