Southern African Bird Atlas Project 2

South Africa, eSwatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi

a member of the African Bird Atlas Project

Coverage summary: Amathola-Katberg Mountain IBA Subproject

Amathola-Katberg Mountain Subproject

The Amathola-Katberg Mountain Important Bird Area is the largest in the Eastern Cape and stretches from King William's Town and Stutterheim in the east, to the Katberg Mountains in the west, and it contains tall mountains, thick forests, grasslands, and scrubland.

Many incredible bird species are found in this region: Cape Parrots, Grey Crowned Cranes, Crowned Eagles and Bush Blackcap, to name but a few!

Lots of work is needed to understand the extent of current threats facing this ecosystem. The area is a mixed-use area, with logging, farming, ecotourism and hunting taking place. But regulation is poor. Help us better understand which areas the birds are using, and when, in order to ensure appropriate protection.

Further reading:

This subproject is championed by Cassie Carstens (Research Manager for the Cape Parrot Project). Contact him at


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The Coverage map shows the project coverage on a pentad scale. To view a more detailed summary of an area, open the relevant areas coverage map from the top menu.

To view the pentad information, click on the pentad, to open a pentad summary, double click.

A 5 minute x 5 minute coordinate grid super-imposed over the continent for spatial reference.

Available downloads for this section

Download species summary (CSV FORMAT)

Download species monthly summary (CSV FORMAT) NOTE: This download contains Reporting Rate per month data from Full Protocol submissions only

Download species monthly summary per pentad (CSV FORMAT) NOTE: This download contains Reporting Rate per month data from Full Protocol submissions only

Download Full and Adhoc protocol card headers (CSV FORMAT)

Download the KML layer for Google Earth

This data can be uploaded/linked directly into any GIS software which supports geoJSON protocols, such as QGIS. More information on geoJSON can be found at

Add a geoJSON Vector layer to you project, pointing to the following link:

Please note that geoJSON files are mostly used by users of GIS software who want to do further analyses. For most users the coverage maps on the website will be sufficient, for example you can zoom in to see the specific pentad information. However, if you want to analyse the data in more detail follow these steps. First install a GIS programme such as QGIS (it is free). You will then have to download the species's geoJSON file under the species maps in the Downloads tab (for example for this maps data). The following short tutorial will then explain to you how to load the map into QGIS using the URL of the geoJSON page - Click here


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