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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
256Calidris pugnax136.09125  
72Scopus umbretta11.502   
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta119.15122   
67Bittern, LittleIxobrychus minutus12.526   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata36171.35558   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus119.2854   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus15.5818   
202Crake, Baillon'sZapornia pusilla22.002
203Crake, BlackZapornia flavirostra16.1317
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa13.0014   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa13.006   
101Duck, Fulvous WhistlingDendrocygna bicolor110.2663   
10034Duck, Hyrbid Mallard/Yellow-billedAnas platyrhynchos x undulata44.004
91Duck, Knob-billedSarkidiornis melanotos1313.0013   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A16.4019
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus11.001   
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata16.6450   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata1083.98272   
58Egret, GreatArdea alba11.001   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia11.804   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta13.4111   
982Egret, SlatyEgretta vinaceigula11.001   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis115.9361   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus112.7364   
87Flamingo, LesserPhoeniconaias minor149.00410   
205Flufftail, Red-chestedSarothrura rufa11.634
265Godwit, Black-tailedLimosa limosa33.003 
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca133.57347   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis1159.001272  710
5Grebe, Black-neckedPodiceps nigricollis22.002   
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus11.432   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis18.7239   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia13.1518   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus114.2465   
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.753
166Harrier, Western MarshCircus aeruginosus11.202
64Heron, BlackEgretta ardesiaca14.4114   
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax12.649   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala14.5116   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath12.386   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea13.2917   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea12.978   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides18.4452   
63Heron, StriatedButorides striata11.001   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus19.7847   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus138.83526 500 
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash16.4433   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus12.306   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima11.252
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus12.3915
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis02.6410
247Lapwing, African WattledVanellus senegallus13.8918   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus229.34140   
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus840.50118   
211Moorhen, LesserParagallinula angulata11.001
361Owl, MarshAsio capensis11.503
230Painted-snipe, GreaterRostratula benghalensis22.503   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula13.437   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius12.004   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris15.9328   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma27.4417   
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens14.5313-1
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos15.0018  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea17.7528  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis14.7714   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola13.9521   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana139.86219 210 
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii114.9651   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis114.6762   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba14.5218   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus214.6547   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta123.57102   
80Stork, WhiteCiconia ciconia55.005  1
76Stork, Yellow-billedMycteria ibis13.078   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis112.5760 50
99Teal, Blue-billedSpatula hottentota224.8574   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis13.7111   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha150.00291   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia22.002   
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida113.6257   
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus19.59160   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A1111.0011
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis15.7818
689Wagtail, Western YellowMotacilla flava1616.0016
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Wednesday 28 February 2024 02:41
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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