Sehonghong and Matebeng

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 1998 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Southern Bald Ibis Geronticus calvus VU resident - present A1, A3
Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres VU resident - 75 breeding pairs A1, A4ii
Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres VU non-breeding - 220 individuals A4ii
Black Harrier Circus maurus EN resident - present A1
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

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (1998).


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial/Terrestrial -
Shrubland -
Grassland -
Forest -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
other -
not utilised -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Sehonghong and Matebeng. Downloaded from on 01/12/2023.