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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
72Scopus umbretta11.502   
256Calidris pugnax139.74125  
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta120.94122   
67Bittern, LittleIxobrychus minutus12.355   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata36169.76558   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus119.6854   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus15.6618   
202Crake, Baillon'sZapornia pusilla22.002
203Crake, BlackZapornia flavirostra16.2617
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa13.0014   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa13.176   
101Duck, Fulvous WhistlingDendrocygna bicolor110.2363   
91Duck, Knob-billedSarkidiornis melanotos1313.0013   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A16.4019
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus11.001   
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata16.3150   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata1085.22272   
58Egret, GreatArdea alba11.001   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia11.804   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta13.2811   
982Egret, SlatyEgretta vinaceigula11.001   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis116.2861   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus112.8564   
87Flamingo, LesserPhoeniconaias minor149.33410   
205Flufftail, Red-chestedSarothrura rufa11.634
265Godwit, Black-tailedLimosa limosa33.003 
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca132.00347   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis1169.021272  710
5Grebe, Black-neckedPodiceps nigricollis22.002   
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus11.432   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis18.5839   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia13.3318   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus114.5065   
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.673
166Harrier, Western MarshCircus aeruginosus11.202
64Heron, BlackEgretta ardesiaca14.1614   
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax12.839   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala14.1516   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath12.426   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea13.3017   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea13.038   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides18.4352   
63Heron, StriatedButorides striata11.001   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus19.8847   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus138.77526 500 
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash16.5133   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus12.306   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima11.252
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus12.5115
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis12.6510
247Lapwing, African WattledVanellus senegallus12.134   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus228.50140   
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus841.13118   
211Moorhen, LesserParagallinula angulata11.001
361Owl, MarshAsio capensis11.503
230Painted-snipe, GreaterRostratula benghalensis22.503   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula13.337   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius12.144   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris16.1028   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma27.4417   
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens14.6813-1
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos15.0018  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea17.7528  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis14.7714   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola14.2521   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana143.83219 210 
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii114.9551   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis115.7562   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba14.4518   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus215.4847   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta116.6758   
80Stork, WhiteCiconia ciconia55.005  1
76Stork, Yellow-billedMycteria ibis12.928   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis112.9860 50
99Teal, Blue-billedSpatula hottentota225.9174   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis13.8311   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha150.34291   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia22.002   
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida113.8957   
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus19.85160   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A1111.0011
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis16.1818
689Wagtail, Western YellowMotacilla flava1616.0016
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Saturday 04 February 2023 06:30
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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