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Seekoeivlei (27352935)

Free State

CWAC status REGISTERED-COUNTED REGULARLY
Authority Free State Department of Tourism, Environmental and Economic Affairs
Management status PROVINCIAL GAME/NATURE RESERVE
Conservation status PROTECTED
IBA information SA020 - GRASSLAND BIOSPHERE RESERVE
Ramsar information ZA015 - Seekoei Nature Reserve
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Date_registered
1992-02-07
Brief_description
A Ramsar site and part of the Seekoeivlei Nature Reserve; supports large numbers and wide variety of waterbirds. Floodplain 20 km long, drained by Klip River; extensive marshes (Phragmites, Typha, Cyperus, Leersia, etc.) and many seasonal oxbow lakes. Three crane species occur; Bittern probably breeds. Breeding colonies of egrets, African Spoonbill and Blackcrowned Night-Heron. Good numbers of Glossy Ibis, Squacco Heron, Little Bittern and Ethiopian Snipe recorded. Whitewinged Flufftail and Baillon's Crake occur; African Rail, Moorhen and Purple Gallinule common; Lesser Moorhen in summer 1997. High biomass in winter 1994, when Spurwinged Geese were numerous. Winter counts have declined since 1994, mainly owing to decline in numbers of common waterfowl. Domestic dogs and cats pose an important threat; pollution from plastics, and hunting/poaching, are mild threats.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
IBA
RAMSAR
256Calidris pugnax122.1777  
72Scopus umbretta12.595   
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta14.3617   
67Bittern, LittleIxobrychus minutus11.502   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata15151.14707   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus235.05145   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus16.2530   
203Crake, BlackZapornia flavirostra24.4012
198Crake, CornCrex crex11.001 
216Crane, BlueGrus paradisea219.5037   
214Crane, Grey CrownedBalearica regulorum122.97180  80
215Crane, WattledGrus carunculata25.6724  2
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa111.9675   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa17.0934   
91Duck, Knob-billedSarkidiornis melanotos22.002   
103Duck, MaccoaOxyura maccoa11.001   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A414.1740
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus57.5010   
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata14.0012   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata9142.60676   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer11.202
58Egret, GreatArdea alba19.0066   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia19.7934   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta113.0887   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis1478.155000 5000 
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus410.5017   
10004Goose, DomesticAnser anser11.001
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca252.84329   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis1105.091308  710
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus24.507   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis19.6531   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia16.1422   
10010Gull, UnidentifiedN/A N/A99.009
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.863
64Heron, BlackEgretta ardesiaca11.172   
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax16.7941   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala14.9416   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath11.443   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea16.1330   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea12.438   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides13.4811   
63Heron, StriatedButorides striata11.001   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus132.56356   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus139.81560 500 
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash114.8183   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus11.502   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima11.333
396Kingfisher, Half-collaredAlcedo semitorquata11.001
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus12.055
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis12.276
247Lapwing, African WattledVanellus senegallus27.8342   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus133.04149   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus228.49235   
211Moorhen, LesserParagallinula angulata66.006
172Osprey, WesternPandion haliaetus11.001
360Owl, African GrassTyto capensis11.432
361Owl, MarshAsio capensis12.334
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola66.006   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius28.4016   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris17.4150   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma24.8214   
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens12.003-1
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos11.001  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea88.008  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis12.604   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola25.509   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana113.6968   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii110.3554   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis112.9162   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba115.8151   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus17.8935   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta313.0023   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis118.6387 50
99Teal, Blue-billedSpatula hottentota214.1081   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis66.006   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha19.2257   
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida129.53136 7585
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus211.2919   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A4218.201170
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis112.6443
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Saturday 04 February 2023 04:54
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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