Mount Chiperone

Year of compilation: 2001

Site description
Mount Chiperone is an isolated mountain peak at the southern extremity of a chain of East African mountain ranges. It lies 40 km south of the frontier town of Milange. It supports substantial montane forests and is surrounded by deciduous woodlands (mainly Brachystegia-dominated).

Key biodiversity
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. The avifauna of the site is known only from a report by Benson, based on a brief collecting expedition which took place in 1950. Alethe choloensis and Apalis chariessa are believed to occur in the montane forest—the only site in Mozambique for the latter species. It is likely that more globally threatened and restricted-range species occur. One species of the East African Coast biome has been reported, as has one of the Zambezian biome, Nectarinia shelleyi (Table 3). The latter species has been recorded in woodlands in the vicinity, making this the only IBA in Mozambique where it is known to be present. However, it is probably fairly widespread, and may yet be found at other sites.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Further ornithological exploration is a priority. Recent unpublished information indicates that the forests at the summit are substantially untouched, but that encroachment by subsistence farmers and logging is likely to occur in the near future.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mount Chiperone. Downloaded from on 05/07/2020.