Upper Senqu River

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2001

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Southern Bald Ibis Geronticus calvus VU resident - present A1
Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres VU resident - 70-90 breeding pairs A1, A4ii
Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres VU non-breeding - 180-240 individuals A4ii
Ground Woodpecker Geocolaptes olivaceus NT resident - present A1
Drakensberg Rockjumper Chaetops aurantius NT resident 1998 present A1, A2, A3
Mountain Pipit Anthus hoeschi NT resident 1998 present A1, A2, A3
Drakensberg Siskin Crithagra symonsi LC resident 1998 present A1, A2, A3

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

For more information about the IBA assessment process and criteria please click here

IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Maloti-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site (natural or mixed) 249,313 protected area is adjacent to site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial/Terrestrial -
Shrubland -
Grassland -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
other -
not utilised -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Upper Senqu River. Downloaded from on 06/02/2023.