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Location South Africa, Eastern Cape
Central coordinates 26o 35.00' East  32o 36.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 20,000 ha
Altitude 880 - 1,828m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

BirdLife South Africa



Summary The centre of this IBA lies in the Mpofu District approximately 80 km west of King William's Town. The forests hold a considerable number of Cape Parrot Poicephalus robustus robustus, Orange Ground-Thrush Zoothera gurneyi and Bush Blackcap Lioptilus nigricapillus.

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 
Black Harrier Circus maurus resident  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Knysna Turaco Tauraco corythaix resident  1998  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Knysna Woodpecker Campethera notata resident  1998  present  A1, A2  Near Threatened 
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, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Drakensberg Rockjumper Chaetops aurantius resident  present  A1  Least Concern 
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 
Brown Scrub-robin Erythropygia signata resident  1998  present  A2  Least Concern 
Buff-streaked Chat Oenanthe bifasciata resident  1998  present  A1, A3  Least Concern 
Swee Waxbill Estrilda melanotis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Forest Canary Serinus scotops resident  1998  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2007 very high not assessed low
  unset
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - nomadic grazing happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Agricultural expansion and intensification wood and pulp plantations (includes afforestation) - agro-industry plantations happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - unspecified species happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high

Forest Montane forest - mixed  0 0 moderate (70-90%) moderate (70-90%) unfavourable

Some of site covered (10-49%)  No management plan exists but the management planning process has begun  Very little or no conservation action taking place  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Mpofu Nature Reserve 7,500 protected area contained by site 7,500  

Local conservation groups The local conservation group below is working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Cape Parrot working group 1997

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Grassland - montane  -
Forest Montane forest - mixed  -
Shrubland Shrubland - Cape (fynbos)  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 10%
nature conservation and research 38%
nature conservation and research 100%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Katberg - Readsdale forest complex. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/12/2014

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