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Mfula Pan (27373233)

KwaZulu-Natal

CWAC status REGISTERED-COUNTED REGULARLY
Authority Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
Management status PROVINCIAL GAME/NATURE RESERVE
Conservation status PROTECTED
IBA information SA058 - LAKE ST LUCIA & MKUZE SWAMPS
Ramsar information
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Date_registered
1992-06-29
Brief_description
A grassy freshwater pan with much Eleocharis, some tall Cyperus sedges and some Polygonum. Counts reflect only small numbers of waterbirds, the commonest species being Whitefaced Duck, Spurwinged Goose (in winter) and Wood Sandpiper. Great fluctuations in water level occur and when full the pan can be excellent for birds. Rufousbellied Heron, Longtoed Plover and Pinkthroated Longclaw occur. The pan could attract birds such as Baillon's Crake and Painted Snipe if grazing pressure were reduced. Excessive grazing and trampling by cattle have destroyed much of the palustrine wetland habitat. Total counts and total number of species have declined sharply over the analysis period.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
IBA
RAMSAR
72Scopus umbretta11.001   
256Calidris pugnax55.005  
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta11.001  
67Bittern, LittleIxobrychus minutus11.001   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata77.007   
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis11.001   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus12.206   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa22.002   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa22.002   
101Duck, Fulvous WhistlingDendrocygna bicolor66.006   
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus22.002   
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata148.5071   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata3838.0038   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer11.001
58Egret, GreatArdea alba12.003   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia15.5010   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta11.001   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis19.0017   
87Flamingo, LesserPhoeniconaias minor150150.00150   
92Goose, African PygmyNettapus auritus66.006   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca22.002   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis120.36100   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis33.003   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia11.332   
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus22.002   
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.001
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax11.001  
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala12.674   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath11.001   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea11.673   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea11.502   
65Heron, Rufous-belliedArdeola rufiventris11.502   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides12.504   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus88.008   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash714.8323   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus69.7513  
229Jacana, LesserMicroparra capensis22.002  
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus11.001
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis11.001
247Lapwing, African WattledVanellus senegallus16.5815   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus23.638   
248Lapwing, Long-toedVanellus crassirostris11.502   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula13.005   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris22.504   
281Pratincole, CollaredGlareola pratincola22.002   
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos11.001  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis23.004   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola111.5035   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis11.001   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus44.004  
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta11.754   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis11.001  
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha13.005   
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida11.502   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus66.006   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A11.332
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis23.254
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Saturday 23 October 2021 03:47
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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