Ornithology survey of Mounts Namuli & Chiperone, Mozambique

Keith Barnes

The main aim of the project is to assess the current status of the forests and their birds on Mount Chiperone and the Namuli Massif, Northern Mozambique. These almost unknown sites are arguably the two most critical Important Bird Areas for Mozambique, supporting five globally threatened species including one endemic bird, the Namuli Apalis (Apalis lynesi). The team from Mozambique and South Africa will estimate the abundance and distribution of forest bird species, paying special attention to rare and threatened species, and make incidental observations on other taxa. An assessment will also be made of the local people's use of the forests, identify any future threats to the area and draft recommendations to ensure the forests' future existence. The project is postponed to November to December 1998.