Moebase region

Country/territory: Mozambique

IBA Criteria met: A1, A3 (2001)
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Area: 40,000 ha

Protection status:

Site description
The site consists of the coastal region between Notocoto and Moebase and the adjoining hinterland. Habitats include intertidal flats, mangrove swamps, beaches and sand-dunes, grassland and marshes, evergreen forest and deciduous woodland. Human activities consist of fishing and subsistence agriculture.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Table 3 for key species. The variety of habitats support a high diversity of birdlife. Ardeola idae has been reported as a non-breeding winter visitor and the marshlands may be an important wintering site for the species. Circaetus fasciolatus and Anthreptes reichenowi are resident in the forests. Euplectes nigroventris (of the East African Coast biome) and Tockus pallidirostris (of the Zambezian biome) are not known from any other IBA in Mozambique. Regular wetland counts may reveal that numbers of some waterbird species exceed 1% threshold levels. Offshore islands have not yet been explored and may be important breeding grounds for seabirds.

Non-bird biodiversity: A project by the Port Elizabeth Museum (South Africa) is currently investigating the status of flora, reptiles and invertebrates. Descriptions of a new species of olympic snake (Dromophis sp.), dwarf day gecko (Lygodactylus sp.) and a new tree genus are in preparation. Larger mammals have mostly been hunted to extinction.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Moebase region. Downloaded from on 29/10/2020.