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Ndumo Game Reserve: Banzi Pan (26523217)


Authority Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
Conservation status PROTECTED
IBA information SA052 - NDUMO GAME RESERVE
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Banzi Pan, located in the Ndumo Game Reserve, a declared RAMSAR site, is linked to the Usuthu River System. Recent changes in the river course has resulted in this system changing from a pan system to a narrow linear river system. The site is no longer counted by boat and instead it is now surveyd on foot. In 2008, Ndumo Game Reserve has been in the spotlight due to the re-zoning of a section of land in the southeast of the reserve. A section of the protected area is being re-zoned for agricultural use, to be used by the surrounding subsistence communities. The Pongolo Floodplain system is highly diverse and supports various Red-data and CITES species. It falls within the Internationally recognised Maputaland-Pondoland Centre of endemism and is an International Biodiversity Hotspot. Only a small part of this unique floodplain system is under official protectection; the rest of the system are heavily impacted by subsistence farming. The re-zoning certainly does not bode well for the wetlands and associated waterbirds in the area; and indeed the reserve as a whole.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
72Scopus umbretta12.105   
256Calidris pugnax180180.00180  
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta2484.00170 125 
67Bittern, LittleIxobrychus minutus11.001   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus115.1958   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus22.002   
203Crake, BlackZapornia flavirostra14.0920
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa13.7313   
101Duck, Fulvous WhistlingDendrocygna bicolor4209.25720   
91Duck, Knob-billedSarkidiornis melanotos44.505   
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus2222.0022   
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata3133.00577   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer11.824
58Egret, GreatArdea alba12.637   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta13.008   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis114.7070   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus5180.50110   
87Flamingo, LesserPhoeniconaias minor4646.0046   
209Gallinule, Allen'sPorphyrio alleni13.506 
92Goose, African PygmyNettapus auritus480.00320   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca111.74113   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis143.00135   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis12.504   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia11.502   
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax11.001   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath13.2916   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea14.5019   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea11.112   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides13.3613   
63Heron, StriatedButorides striata12.305   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus23.336   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus155.86332   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash13.6710   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus228.35172   
229Jacana, LesserMicroparra capensis33.003   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima11.402
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus12.006
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis14.5215
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus12.886   
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus17.8328   
74Openbill, AfricanAnastomus lamelligerus132.69270   
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus298.20424  300
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius448.67136   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris18.7525   
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos12.308  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis11.001   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola24.338   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba13.004   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus646.00188   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta3232.0032   
79Stork, BlackCiconia nigra22.002   
75Stork, Saddle-billedEphippiorhynchus senegalensis11.001   
77Stork, Woolly-neckedCiconia episcopus13.259   
76Stork, Yellow-billedMycteria ibis15.5631   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis116.8662 50
99Teal, Blue-billedSpatula hottentota22.002   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia44.004   
10009Tern, UnidentifiedN/A N/A571.75102
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida55.005   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus13.2110   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A241.33120
685Wagtail, African PiedMotacilla aguimp12.635
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis12.504
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Friday 27 January 2023 03:55
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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