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Draining a huge part of eastern and south-eastern Zimbabwe are two important rivers, the Save (formerly Sabi) on the east, rising on Charter Estate about 70 km due south of Harare, and the Runde (previously Lundi) in the south, rising at Gweru. Eventually, these two rivers meet in south-east Zimbabwe, to continue through Mozambique as the Rio Save. By the time the two rivers join, each is about 1 km wide, consisting of sandy riverbeds between terraces of riparian woodland. The Save river, in particular, is heavily silt-laden from its journey through the Communal Lands of the Buhera District. The junction is the lowest point in the country, lying at c.180 m.
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. Serinus citrinipectus occurs in the Ilala palm veld and it is suspected that Anthreptes reichenowi is also regularly present. Falco fasciinucha has been claimed from the area, but the nearest known breeding site is at Mount Rudd, 150 km due north, so these records need confirmation. Other species of global conservation concern that occasionally pass through this site are Gyps coprotheres, Falco naumanni, Crex crex and Circaetus fasciolatus.
Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Save - Runde junction. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 08/07/2020.