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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
256Calidris pugnax176.52955  
1016Anas platyrhynchos11.001
72Scopus umbretta11.001   
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta114.9652   
71Bittern, EurasianBotaurus stellaris11.001   
67Bittern, LittleIxobrychus minutus13.318   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata53515.851366   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus237.73112   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus110.1839   
199Crake, AfricanCrecopsis egregia11.001-1
202Crake, Baillon'sZapornia pusilla22.002
203Crake, BlackZapornia flavirostra211.9648
201Crake, SpottedPorzana porzana11.001
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa16.3021   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa16.6450   
101Duck, Fulvous WhistlingDendrocygna bicolor126.30299   
91Duck, Knob-billedSarkidiornis melanotos13.009   
103Duck, MaccoaOxyura maccoa12.003   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A17.0022
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus12.606   
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata111.8270   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata17144.61564   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer12.506
58Egret, GreatArdea alba13.6726   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia12.7113   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta15.7644   
982Egret, SlatyEgretta vinaceigula11.402   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis152.18245   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus124.22109   
87Flamingo, LesserPhoeniconaias minor1108.38685  600
205Flufftail, Red-chestedSarothrura rufa11.463
265Godwit, Black-tailedLimosa limosa11.502 
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca228.67152   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis1207.092465 1875710
5Grebe, Black-neckedPodiceps nigricollis11.001   
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus17.5817   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis127.93113   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia12.427   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus136.49144   
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.855
166Harrier, Western MarshCircus aeruginosus11.502
64Heron, BlackEgretta ardesiaca18.0619   
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax13.5416   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala16.0024   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath14.3719   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea13.1810   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea14.2812   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides117.3076   
63Heron, StriatedButorides striata11.362   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus19.0566   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus149.23424   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash19.0966   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus12.429   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima11.502
396Kingfisher, Half-collaredAlcedo semitorquata11.001
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus13.438
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis14.2514
247Lapwing, African WattledVanellus senegallus16.3331   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus333.69123   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus1382.34312   
360Owl, African GrassTyto capensis11.001
361Owl, MarshAsio capensis12.596
230Painted-snipe, GreaterRostratula benghalensis24.006   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula13.508   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius17.5052   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris19.93129   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma19.7348   
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens17.5025-1
926Sandpiper, Buff-breastedCalidris subruficollis11.001
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos11.804  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea13.9112  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis15.0722   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola14.6121   
1342Shelduck, CommonTadorna tadorna11.001
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana115.00104   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii124.7388   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis119.29128   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba15.8039   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus113.4153   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta118.81103   
76Stork, Yellow-billedMycteria ibis12.827   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis117.1458 50
10007Swan, Black Cygnus atratus22.002
99Teal, Blue-billedSpatula hottentota139.24181   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis16.2123   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha274.55426   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia22.333   
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida129.771851507585
938Tern, White-cheekedSterna repressa33.003 
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus137.91517   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A14.4010
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis19.4744
689Wagtail, Western YellowMotacilla flava17.6720
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Saturday 04 February 2023 06:10
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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