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Marievale Bird Sanctuary: Area B (26212831)


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IBA information SA021 - BLESBOKSPRUIT
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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 B" is the area opened up due to the spraying of the reed beds to manage the the reed encroachment. This includes sections A, B, C, and D.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta123.38122  
67Bittern, LittleIxobrychus minutus12.395   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata36170.00558   
50Cormorant, ReedPhalacrocorax africanus119.1054   
47Cormorant, White-breastedPhalacrocorax carbo15.6918   
202Crake, Baillon'sPorzana pusilla22.002
203Crake, BlackAmaurornis flavirostris15.9517
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa13.2914   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa13.186   
101Duck, FulvousDendrocygna bicolor110.5663   
91Duck, Knob-billedSarkidiornis melanotos1313.0013   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A16.4019
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus11.001   
100Duck, White-facedDendrocygna viduata16.1750   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata1088.44272   
61Egret, CattleBubulcus ibis117.2261   
58Egret, GreatEgretta alba11.001   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta12.8010   
982Egret, SlatyEgretta vinaceigula11.001   
60Egret, Yellow-billedEgretta intermedia11.754   
86Flamingo, GreaterPhoenicopterus ruber113.4764   
87Flamingo, LesserPhoenicopterus minor14.7114   
205Flufftail, Red-chestedSarothrura rufa11.634
265Godwit, Black-tailedLimosa limosa33.003 
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiacus128.72347   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis1183.951272  750
5Grebe, Black-neckedPodiceps nigricollis22.002   
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus11.432   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis18.3039   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia13.4118   
288Gull, Grey-headedLarus cirrocephalus112.7237   
72Hamerkop, HamerkopScopus umbretta11.502   
64Heron, BlackEgretta ardesiaca14.2314   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala13.7516   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath12.416   
63Heron, Green-backedButorides striata11.001   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea13.4117   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea13.038   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides07.9352   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus19.5347   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus127.64195   
84Ibis, HadedaBostrychia hagedash16.2933   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus12.226  
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maximus11.332
397Kingfisher, MalachiteAlcedo cristata12.6315
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis02.4810
247Lapwing, African WattledVanellus senegallus22.334   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus227.68140   
167Marsh-harrier, AfricanCircus ranivorus11.753
166Marsh-harrier, WesternCircus aeruginosus11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus841.54118   
211Moorhen, LesserGallinula angulata11.001
69Night-Heron, Black-crownedNycticorax nycticorax12.809  
361Owl, MarshAsio capensis11.503
230Painted-snipe, GreaterRostratula benghalensis22.503  
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula12.606   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius12.174   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris16.3828   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma27.4417   
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens14.7813
256Ruff, RuffPhilomachus pugnax141.12125  
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos12.839  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea17.7528  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis15.0014   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola14.3721   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana137.33219 210 
94Shoveler, CapeAnas smithii114.7151   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis116.0362   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba14.4618   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus216.2847  
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta116.1858   
80Stork, WhiteCiconia ciconia55.005   
76Stork, Yellow-billedMycteria ibis13.098   
208Swamphen, African PurplePorphyrio madagascariensis113.8560 50
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis14.2011   
99Teal, HottentotAnas hottentota226.1874   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha152.14291   
290Tern, CaspianSterna caspia22.002   
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida115.3957   
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus110.97160   
0Unknown, UnknownN/A N/A11.001
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A1111.0011
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis16.1418
689Wagtail, YellowMotacilla flava1616.0016
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Tuesday 01 December 2020 11:25
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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