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Blood River Vlei (Central) (27503035)

KwaZulu-Natal

CWAC status REGISTERED-COUNTED REGULARLY
Authority Private
Management status PRIVATE LAND
Conservation status UNPROTECTED
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Date_registered
1997-02-10
Brief_description
An important wetland for water purification and streamflow regulation. Extensive reedmarsh/sedgemarsh occurs above the breached dam wall, and downstream at the Lynspruit confluence; it also has open water and wet grassland habitats. It supports good populations of waterfowl, shorebirds (including Ethiopian Snipe) and other waterbirds. Existing counts are too few to highlight the site's importance; other studies confirm the occurrence of significant numbers of Little Bittern and secretive rails. Dam wall building is a serious threat; gulley erosion is a potential threat; minor threats include drainage and agricultural development.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
IBA
RAMSAR
72Scopus umbretta11.303   
256Calidris pugnax28.5734  
67Bittern, LittleIxobrychus minutus11.001   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata16333.44951   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus216.9665   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus15.0915   
202Crake, Baillon'sZapornia pusilla22.002
203Crake, BlackZapornia flavirostra12.204
216Crane, BlueGrus paradisea117.5034   
214Crane, Grey CrownedBalearica regulorum382.13282  80
215Crane, WattledGrus carunculata11.252  2
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa13.5915   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa11.001   
101Duck, Fulvous WhistlingDendrocygna bicolor25.338   
91Duck, Knob-billedSarkidiornis melanotos17.5715   
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus26.5020   
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata126.42150   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata9105.54434   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer11.092
58Egret, GreatArdea alba13.408   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia14.7530   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta12.006   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis285.30294   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus55.005   
205Flufftail, Red-chestedSarothrura rufa13.205
10004Goose, DomesticAnser anser1218.7122
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca2484.461322   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis9621.642336 1875750
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis420.2355   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia12.716   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus22.002   
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus12.004
64Heron, BlackEgretta ardesiaca25.008   
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax22.002  
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala16.3918   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath11.725   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea13.719   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea13.5718   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides14.5716   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus214.2785   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus19.1625   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash725.6598   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus15.6215  
229Jacana, LesserMicroparra capensis11.252  
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima11.001
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus11.503
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis12.507
247Lapwing, African WattledVanellus senegallus14.5416   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus331.69118   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus112.1337   
361Owl, MarshAsio capensis11.252
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula11.502   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius14.0811   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris112.4651   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma19.1245   
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens16.7019
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos14.759  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea1313.0013  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis13.004   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola111.1385   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana24.3311   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii415.2539   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis114.2239   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba13.647   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus22.714  
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta29.0038   
76Stork, Yellow-billedMycteria ibis11.001   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis15.0616  
99Teal, Blue-billedSpatula hottentota210.8226   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis44.004   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha216.4163   
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida15.7510   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A13.425
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis314.4435
689Wagtail, Western YellowMotacilla flava22.333
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Saturday 23 October 2021 04:22
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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