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Rietspruit (Rooikraal) (26202817)


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A dam on the Rietspruit, with an adjacent permanent marsh. Cattle Egret and Glossy Ibis are common in summer; flamingos are more numerous in winter. No Palearctic waders are consistently common, but a large count of Ruff was made in summer 1997, when Greyheaded Gulls were also numerous. A good variety of rails occurs. A high number of species is recorded, but there is a decline in species diversity and in the total number of birds in winter. Species showing a strong decline in winter numbers include Dabchick, Yellowbilled Duck, Redbilled Teal and Greater Flamingo. The dumping of tailings from a nearby mine is a critical problem, while siltation and reed encroachment are severe threats. Industrial pollution, and the recent appearance of squatters, are important threats. Another potential problem is posed by recreational users.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
256Calidris pugnax6128.50352  
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta210.5732   
67Bittern, LittleIxobrychus minutus11.332   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata948.61125   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus17.5019   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus12.576   
199Crake, AfricanCrecopsis egregia11.001-1
202Crake, Baillon'sZapornia pusilla11.001
203Crake, BlackZapornia flavirostra12.056
198Crake, CornCrex crex11.001 
201Crake, SpottedPorzana porzana11.001
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa12.9511   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa22.755   
101Duck, Fulvous WhistlingDendrocygna bicolor11.802   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A15.7121
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata120.00144   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata114.1984   
58Egret, GreatArdea alba11.001   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia12.506   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta11.001   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis1152.39908   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus158.00118   
87Flamingo, LesserPhoeniconaias minor112.7546   
205Flufftail, Red-chestedSarothrura rufa12.005
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca14.9429   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis16.6919   
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus12.215   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis14.8914   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia11.753   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus1195.4619851000500 
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.252
64Heron, BlackEgretta ardesiaca11.292   
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax11.252   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala14.5728   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath11.142   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea12.718   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea11.142   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides11.332   
63Heron, StriatedButorides striata11.001   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus19.0839   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus131.61155   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash13.6914   
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus11.001
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis11.502
247Lapwing, African WattledVanellus senegallus13.749   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus412.7931   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus27.5618   
211Moorhen, LesserParagallinula angulata11.252
360Owl, African GrassTyto capensis11.001
361Owl, MarshAsio capensis13.408
272Phalarope, Red-neckedPhalaropus lobatus11.001
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris12.338   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma23.837   
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens13.1312-1
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos1011.0012  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea7777.0077  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis15.1035   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola24.8822   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana44.004   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii13.759   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis12.219   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba11.603   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus15.4416   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta226.6088   
76Stork, Yellow-billedMycteria ibis12.003   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis12.766  
99Teal, Blue-billedSpatula hottentota14.2415   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis12.605   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha112.93106   
10009Tern, UnidentifiedN/A N/A11.001
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida11.001   
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus17.3317   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A12.839
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis12.9514
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Wednesday 01 February 2023 11:22
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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