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Lake Sibaya (27213240)

KwaZulu-Natal

CWAC status REGISTERED-COUNTED REGULARLY
Authority Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
Management status PROVINCIAL GAME/NATURE RESERVE
Conservation status PROTECTED
IBA information SA054 - LAKE SIBAYA
Ramsar information ZA012 - Lake Sibaya
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Date_registered
1992-07-07
Brief_description
Ramsar site and globally Important Bird Area. Largest natural freshwater lake in South Africa. Deep water; marginal, fringing and floating vegetation (Typha, Phragmites, sedges, emergent grass, Nymphaea, etc.) is largely confined to inlets and sheltered shorelines. Diverse avifauna but few species occur in large numbers. Goliath Heron, Saddlebilled Stork, Lesser Jacana and Pinkthroated Longclaw occur, Natal Nightjar locally common. Pygmy Goose and African Jacana most numerous in winter, when other local waterbodies may become dry. Small numbers of Lesser Gallinule and Redchested Flufftail; Black Crake and Purple Gallinule locally common. Important source of permanent water for birds and mammals; supports appreciable number of rare/endangered plant and animal taxa. Also supports rural people and tourism; eutrophication is a threat.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
IBA
RAMSAR
256Calidris pugnax13.296  
72Scopus umbretta12.887   
255Calidris alba66.006   
4150Albatross, ShyThalassarche cauta150150.00150
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta25.3317  
66Bittern, DwarfIxobrychus sturmii11.001   
67Bittern, LittleIxobrychus minutus11.001   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata112.8041   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus2266.24605   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus19234.39597  130
203Crake, BlackZapornia flavirostra12.8616
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa16.1431   
101Duck, Fulvous WhistlingDendrocygna bicolor44.004   
91Duck, Knob-billedSarkidiornis melanotos11.001   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A122.1496
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus55.005   
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata120.64133   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata329.23119   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer39.2119
58Egret, GreatArdea alba13.3110   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia12.256   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta116.8560   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis4111.08316   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus1043.2577   
209Gallinule, Allen'sPorphyrio alleni22.002
893Gallinule, PurplePorphyrio martinica33.003
92Goose, African PygmyNettapus auritus113.6274   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca140.65171   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis212.3129   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis278.81285 250 
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia112.68121   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus110.12110   
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.001
64Heron, BlackEgretta ardesiaca14.1414   
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax11.754  
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala11.502   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath13.6610   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea17.4030   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea19.6840   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides13.2112   
63Heron, StriatedButorides striata11.332   
10011Heron, UnidentifiedN/A N/A44.004
70Heron, White-backed NightGorsachius leuconotus22.002   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus17.7319   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus11.754   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash17.4326   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus113.2631  
229Jacana, LesserMicroparra capensis12.003  
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima12.003
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus12.7212
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis927.4254
247Lapwing, African WattledVanellus senegallus16.3617   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus18.5028   
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus18.2229   
172Osprey, WesternPandion haliaetus11.172
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula12.255   
239Plover, Greater SandCharadrius leschenaultii11.001   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius33.003   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris22.002   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus19.0426   
282Pratincole, Black-wingedGlareola nordmanni33.003   
281Pratincole, CollaredGlareola pratincola13.6017   
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos16.7517  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea220.5039  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis22.002   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba14.8013   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus121.0667  
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta14.007   
75Stork, Saddle-billedEphippiorhynchus senegalensis11.813   
77Stork, Woolly-neckedCiconia episcopus12.004   
76Stork, Yellow-billedMycteria ibis12.003   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis14.6620  
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha222.3698   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia19.0468 6820
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo111.8032   
298Tern, Greater CrestedThalasseus bergii33.003   
299Tern, LittleSternula albifrons139.56117   
10009Tern, UnidentifiedN/A N/A2100.32526
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida197.5725315075100
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus120.3188   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus15.6422   
232Turnstone, RuddyArenaria interpres22.002   
112Vulture, Palm-nutGypohierax angolensis11.001
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A124.10142
685Wagtail, African PiedMotacilla aguimp11.332
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis13.439
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Saturday 23 October 2021 05:10
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