BW005
Makgadikgadi Pans


IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2001

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor NT breeding - 10,000 breeding pairs A1, A4i
Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor NT non-breeding - 60,000 individuals A1, A4i
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus LC breeding - 17,500 breeding pairs A4i
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus LC non-breeding - 50,000 individuals A4i
Burchell's Sandgrouse Pterocles burchelli LC resident 1998 present A3
Wattled Crane Bugeranus carunculatus VU non-breeding - 100 individuals A1
African Spoonbill Platalea alba LC non-breeding - 369 individuals A4i
Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus LC resident - 1,500 breeding pairs A4i
Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus LC non-breeding - 6,000 individuals A4i
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta LC breeding - 85 breeding pairs A4i
Chestnut-banded Plover Charadrius pallidus LC breeding - 135 breeding pairs A4i
Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni NT winter - 5,000 individuals A1, A4i
Barred Wren-warbler Calamonastes fasciolatus LC resident 1998 present A3
Burchell's Starling Lamprotornis australis LC resident 1998 present A3
Kalahari Scrub-robin Cercotrichas paena LC resident 1998 present A3
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a breeding - 50,000-99,999 individuals A4iii
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a non-breeding - 100,000-499,999 individuals A4iii

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)
2012 high favourable high
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by Population
Accuracy of information medium

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Natural system modifications fire & fire suppression - increase in fire frequency/intensity happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Condition of key/trigger populations (state)
Scientific Common TargetPop ActualPop Units Remaining Result
Phoenicopterus roseus Greater Flamingo 3467 3300 individuals 96 favourable
Phoeniconaias minor Lesser Flamingo 23000 21000 breeding pairs 92 favourable
Phoeniconaias minor Lesser Flamingo 15000 14568 mature individuals 98 favourable
Glareola nordmanni Black-winged Pratincole 34570 34560 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity high
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Nxai Pan National Park 257,600 protected area overlaps with site 0
Nata Sanctuary Private Game Reserve 31,000 protected area contained by site 25,000
Nata Bird Sanctuary 96,100 protected area overlaps with site 0
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park 490,200 protected area overlaps with site 487,710
Flamingo Sanctuary 42,500 protected area contained by site 42,500

Local conservation groups

The local conservation groups below are working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Nata Santuary Trust 1988
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Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial/Terrestrial -
Wetlands (inland) -
Shrubland -
Grassland -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
hunting -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Makgadikgadi Pans. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 04/10/2022.