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Location South Africa, Eastern Cape
Central coordinates 27o 8.00' East  32o 39.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 42,000 ha
Altitude 496 - 2,016m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

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Summary This IBA consists of a series of montane forest blocks, including several State Forests, surrounding fragmented urban and rural areas. The forests hold a considerable number of the escarpment race of the Cape Parrot Poicephalus robustus robustus.

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  1998  present  A1, A3  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 
Gurney's Sugarbird Promerops gurneyi resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Swee Waxbill Estrilda melanotis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Forest Canary Serinus scotops resident  1998  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Hogsback State Forest DWAF (Dept. Water & Forestry) Forest Area 4,086 protected area contained by site 9,738  

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

Name Year formed
Cata, Eastern Cape Site Support Group 2007

Habitats

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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 40%
nature conservation and research 1%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Amatole Forest Complex. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/10/2014

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