Malolotja Nature Reserve

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 1998 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Striped Flufftail Sarothrura affinis LC resident 1998 present A3
Knysna Turaco Tauraco corythaix LC resident 1998 present A2, A3
Southern Bald Ibis Geronticus calvus VU resident - present A1, A3
Ground Woodpecker Geocolaptes olivaceus NT resident - present A1
Grey Cuckooshrike Ceblepyris caesius LC resident 1998 present A3
Olive Bush-shrike Chlorophoneus olivaceus LC resident 1998 present A3
Blue Swallow Hirundo atrocaerulea VU breeding - present A1, 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

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (1998).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Malalotja Nature Reserve Nature Reserve 16,292 protected area overlaps with site 18,000


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland -
Forest -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Malolotja Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 02/03/2024.