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Lakenvlei: West (25373002)


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Management status UNKNOWN
Conservation status PARTLY PROTECTED
IBA information SA016 - STEENKAMPSBERG
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A reserve in an area of commercial afforestation; three dams, and a palustrine wetland dominated by dense reedbeds which make counting difficult. The winter 1997 count produced a reasonable selection of the commoner waterbird species, including good numbers of Dabchick and Red- knobbed Coot. The July 1998 count was excellent: 2174 birds, including 270 Whitebacked Duck and 1525 coot. Moorhen is widespread and Purple Heron and Redchested Flufftail occur. African Rail and Purple Gallinule occur locally in the area, but Black Crake is infrequent and localised at this altitude. Grass and Marsh Owls, and Wattled Crane, also occur in the area, and Ethiopian Snipe is locally common. Reed encroachment is a major threat; fishing and human disturbance are mild threats. The marshes of this region have been severely modified, and many have been destroyed, by the building of trout dams.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
72Scopus umbretta11.001   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata3497.251525   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus117.2533   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus14.1711   
203Crake, BlackZapornia flavirostra13.1711
214Crane, Grey CrownedBalearica regulorum11.332   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa12.835   
103Duck, MaccoaOxyura maccoa55.005   
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus264.80270220110250
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata1414.0014   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata6393.29204   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer11.001
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia13.506   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis11.001   
205Flufftail, Red-chestedSarothrura rufa11.001
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca22.674   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis520.0030   
5Grebe, Black-neckedPodiceps nigricollis22.002   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis759.50133   
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax55.005   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala12.755   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea11.672   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea12.836   
63Heron, StriatedButorides striata22.002   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash34.335   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus33.003   
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus22.002
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis23.004
247Lapwing, African WattledVanellus senegallus24.007   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus47.0013   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus258.6396   
211Moorhen, LesserParagallinula angulata22.002
361Owl, MarshAsio capensis22.002
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris27.0012   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma416.7547   
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens11.502-1
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos11.001  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea55.005  
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola22.002   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii26.0012   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis22.503   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis24.4011  
99Teal, Blue-billedSpatula hottentota58.0011   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha210.5019   
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida33.504   
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus2424.0024   
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis24.869
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FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
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