Site description (2001 baseline):

Site location and context
The site is part of a plateau lying above the coastal plain and is situated between the towns of Netia and Itoculo. It is mostly flat, with rocky outcrops, and watercourses are scarce. The habitat is predominantly coastal forest, merging with deciduous woodlands more typical of the interior. Clearings have been created throughout the forest by subsistence farmers.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Table 3 for key species. The birdlife of the site is known from a report on a single visit by Vincent in 1932. The following biome-restricted birds occur at no other IBA in Mozambique: Lybius melanopterus, Cercotrichas barbata (restricted to the Zambezian biome), Macrosphenus kretschmeri and Anthreptes neglectus (Table 3).

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
This site was last described in 1933 and further investigation is urgently needed, to determine the extent to which subsistence farming and commercial logging have encroached on the forest.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Netia. Downloaded from on 27/02/2024.