ZA008
Blyde River Canyon


IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 1998

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Striped Flufftail Sarothrura affinis LC resident 1998 present A3
Blue Crane Anthropoides paradiseus VU resident - present A1
Knysna Turaco Tauraco corythaix LC resident 1998 present A2, A3
Southern Bald Ibis Geronticus calvus VU resident 1998 present A1, A3
Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres VU resident - 660-773 breeding pairs A1, A4ii
Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres VU non-breeding - 1,400-1,500 individuals A4ii
Forest Buzzard Buteo trizonatus NT resident 1998 present A3
Grey Cuckooshrike Ceblepyris caesius LC resident 1998 present A3
Olive Bush-shrike Chlorophoneus olivaceus LC resident 1998 present A3
Barratt's Warbler Bradypterus barratti LC resident 1998 present A3
Blue Swallow Hirundo atrocaerulea VU breeding 1998 unknown A3
Yellow-throated Woodland-warbler Phylloscopus ruficapilla LC resident 1998 present A3
Bush Blackcap Sylvia nigricapillus VU resident 1998 present A1, A2, A3
Orange Ground-thrush Geokichla gurneyi LC resident 1998 present A3
Brown Scrub-robin Tychaedon signata LC resident 1998 present A2
White-starred Robin Pogonocichla stellata LC resident 1998 present A3
Chorister Robin-chat Cossypha dichroa LC resident 1998 present A2, A3
Buff-streaked Chat Campicoloides bifasciatus LC resident 1998 present A1, A3
Gurney's Sugarbird Promerops gurneyi NT resident 1998 present A3
Swee Waxbill Coccopygia melanotis LC resident 1998 present A3
Forest Canary Crithagra scotops LC resident 1998 present 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.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
1998 medium not assessed low
Was the whole site covered? No State assessed by unset
Accuracy of information -

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification wood and pulp plantations (includes afforestation) - agro-industry plantations happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation Unknown Unknown low
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Kruger to Canyons UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 2,874,810 protected area contains site 50,000
Blyderivierspoort Nature Reserve Nature Reserve 53,731 protected area contained by site 25,161

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Grassland - montane -
Forest Montane forest - mixed -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry -
tourism/recreation -
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -
water management -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Blyde River Canyon. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 17/05/2022.