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Marievale Bird Sanctuary: Area A (26212830)

Gauteng

CWAC status REGISTERED-COUNTED REGULARLY
Authority Private
Management status LOCAL GAME/NATURE RESERVE
Conservation status PROTECTED
IBA information SA021 - BLESBOKSPRUIT
Ramsar information
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Date_registered
1993-01-17
Brief_description
An IBA and part of the Blesbokspruit Ramsar site. Has extensive Phragmites and Typha reedbeds, also sedgebeds, wet grass, and open water with floating-leaved vegetation. Good numbers of Glossy Ibis, Yellowbilled Duck and Redknobbed Coot occur all year; Squacco Heron may be quite common in summer. Hottentot Teal and Spurwinged Goose numbers peak in winter. A good selection of rails occurs, and Spotted Crake is also recorded. Purple Heron, Little Bittern, Grass Owl and Marsh Owl also occur. Increases are apparent in the number of species (summer and winter) and total count (summer). Blesbokspruit is severely threatened by discharge of mine water which drastically increases total water volume, maintains artificially high water levels in the dry season, and contains many pollutants, including salt. The CWAC site known as "Marievale Area A" is the original area that has been counted from 1992 and consists of sections 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
IBA
RAMSAR
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta113.9652  
71Bittern, EurasianBotaurus stellaris11.001   
67Bittern, LittleIxobrychus minutus13.258   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata53511.781366   
50Cormorant, ReedPhalacrocorax africanus237.65112   
47Cormorant, White-breastedPhalacrocorax carbo110.3439   
199Crake, AfricanCrecopsis egregia11.001
202Crake, Baillon'sPorzana pusilla22.002
203Crake, BlackAmaurornis flavirostris211.0029
201Crake, SpottedPorzana porzana11.001
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa16.4221   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa16.6450   
101Duck, FulvousDendrocygna bicolor227.45299   
91Duck, Knob-billedSarkidiornis melanotos13.009   
103Duck, MaccoaOxyura maccoa11.001   
1016Duck, MallardAnas platyrhynchos11.001
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A17.0022
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus12.606   
100Duck, White-facedDendrocygna viduata112.3170   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata17148.09564   
61Egret, CattleBubulcus ibis153.81245   
58Egret, GreatEgretta alba13.6726   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta15.1044   
982Egret, SlatyEgretta vinaceigula11.402   
60Egret, Yellow-billedEgretta intermedia11.834   
149Fish-eagle, AfricanHaliaeetus vocifer12.676
86Flamingo, GreaterPhoenicopterus ruber126.92109   
87Flamingo, LesserPhoenicopterus minor6123.71685  600
205Flufftail, Red-chestedSarothrura rufa11.503
265Godwit, Black-tailedLimosa limosa11.502 
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiacus225.00119   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis1213.162465 1875750
360Grass-owl, AfricanTyto capensis11.001
5Grebe, Black-neckedPodiceps nigricollis11.001   
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus17.5817   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis128.02113   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia12.417   
288Gull, Grey-headedLarus cirrocephalus132.14117   
72Hamerkop, HamerkopScopus umbretta11.001   
64Heron, BlackEgretta ardesiaca17.7319   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala15.4024   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath14.3219   
63Heron, Green-backedButorides striata11.332   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea13.1210   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea14.2512   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides116.8076   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus18.7966   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus149.52424   
84Ibis, HadedaBostrychia hagedash17.9266   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus12.429  
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maximus11.502
396Kingfisher, Half-collaredAlcedo semitorquata11.001
397Kingfisher, MalachiteAlcedo cristata13.328
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis14.2514
247Lapwing, African WattledVanellus senegallus16.3331   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus329.55121   
167Marsh-harrier, AfricanCircus ranivorus11.925
166Marsh-harrier, WesternCircus aeruginosus11.402
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus1379.75312   
69Night-Heron, Black-crownedNycticorax nycticorax13.3516  
361Owl, MarshAsio capensis12.596
230Painted-snipe, GreaterRostratula benghalensis24.006  
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula13.678   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius14.0913   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris16.9527   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma19.7348   
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens17.3525
256Ruff, RuffPhilomachus pugnax180.38955  
926Sandpiper, Buff-breastedTryngites subruficollis11.001
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos11.503  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea13.9012  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis15.3622   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola14.7321   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana17.5594   
94Shoveler, CapeAnas smithii124.3180   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis120.10128   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba15.6239   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus112.7153  
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta116.90103   
76Stork, Yellow-billedMycteria ibis12.907   
208Swamphen, African PurplePorphyrio madagascariensis117.4458 50
10007Swan, Black Cygnus atratus22.002
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis16.2123   
99Teal, HottentotAnas hottentota137.95181   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha276.49426   
290Tern, CaspianSterna caspia22.333   
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida231.5318515075100
938Tern, White-cheekedSterna repressa33.003 
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus140.00517   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A15.2510
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis08.2427
689Wagtail, YellowMotacilla flava17.6720
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Saturday 05 December 2020 11:14
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
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