Outeniqua mountains

Country/territory: South Africa

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (1998)
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Area: 180,000 ha

BirdLife South Africa
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2012 high not assessed medium
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Site summary
The Outeniquas is a mountain range which dominates the landscape at the junction of the Western Cape and Eastern Cape provinces. The stark variation in altitude and conditions yields a wide diversity of habitats. The IBA is extremely rich in fynbos, forest and arid-zone birds, supporting a host of restricted-range and biome-restricted assemblage species such as Cape Bulbul Pycnonotus capensis, Orange-breasted Sunbird Anthobaphes violacea and Cape Siskin Crithagra totta.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Outeniqua mountains. Downloaded from on 06/12/2022.