Mkuzi Game Reserve

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
Corncrake Crex crex LC winter - present A1
Southern Bald Ibis Geronticus calvus VU resident - present A1
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida LC non-breeding - 64-179 individuals A4i
Southern Banded Snake-eagle Circaetus fasciolatus NT resident 1998 present A1, A3
Brown-headed Parrot Poicephalus cryptoxanthus LC resident 1998 present A3
Woodwards' Batis Batis fratrum LC resident 1998 present A3
Gorgeous Bush-shrike Telophorus viridis LC resident 1998 present A3
Rudd's Apalis Apalis ruddi LC resident 1998 present A2, A3
Black-bellied Starling Notopholia corusca LC resident 1998 present A3
Mouse-coloured Sunbird Cyanomitra verreauxii LC resident 1998 present A3
Neergaard's Sunbird Cinnyris neergaardi NT resident 1998 present A1, A2, A3
Pink-throated Twinspot Hypargos margaritatus LC resident 1998 present A2, A3
Lemon-breasted Canary Crithagra citrinipectus 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)
2006 low not assessed high
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by unset
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Transportation and service corridors roads and railroads happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

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)
Mkuzi Game Reserve Nature Reserve 33,330 protected area contains site 36,474


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Unknown -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
agriculture -
water management -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mkuzi Game Reserve. Downloaded from on 23/05/2022.