Original Research

A re-assessment of the avifauna of the Mountain Zebra National Park

A.J.F.K. Craig, P.E. Hilley, D. Parker
Koedoe | Vol 48, No 1 | a169 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v48i1.169 | © 2005 A.J.F.K. Craig, P.E. Hilley, D. Parker | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 June 2005 | Published: 30 June 2005

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A.J.F.K. Craig, Rhodes University, South Africa
P.E. Hilley, Rhodes University, South Africa
D. Parker, Rhodes University, South Africa

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Abstract

Based on all published records, together with the original data for the southern African bird atlas, the current Birds in Reserves Project and our records on field trips, 257 bird species have been reliably recorded from MZNP. We have assessed the current status of all species, in relation to the recent expansion of the park and other changes which may be a consequence of management practices. No birds of national conservation concern are breeding residents in the park, and some species are periodic or irregular visitors. Nevertheless, the park is important for the conservation of representatives of the Karoo avifauna, and the diversity of birdlife present should be highlighted to attract visitors with a special interest in birding.

Keywords

avifauna; Karoo Biome; bird check list; Mountain Zebra National Park.

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