Swartberg mountains

Country/territory: South Africa

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (1998)
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Area: 500,000 ha

BirdLife South Africa
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2014 medium unfavourable low
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Site summary
The Swartberg range drain numerous catchments that supply water to the arid Karoo and are the lifeblood of many major river systems. The Swartberg is deeply incised by the Buffels, Gamka, Seweweeks and Meiringspoort rivers. At high-altitudes the sclerophyllous fynbos is home to Cape Bulbul Pycnonotus capensis, Orange-breasted Sunbird Anthobaphes violacea, Cape Siskin Crithagra totta.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Swartberg mountains. Downloaded from on 04/02/2023.