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Chelmsford Dam (27572957)

KwaZulu-Natal

CWAC status REGISTERED-COUNTED IRREGULARLY
Authority Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife & Private
Management status UNKNOWN
Conservation status UNKNOWN
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Date_registered
1995-07-23
Brief_description
A global Important Bird Area. A large dam with grassy shores, some fringing reedbeds and some sedges; counted by boat. All three crane species occur; Corncrake and Grass Owl recorded; large breeding colony of Cattle Egret and cormorants. Important moulting site for waterfowl. Only one summer and 3 winter counts available. Summer 1997 count notable for large numbers of Darter and Cattle Egret. Winter counts of Yellowbilled Duck increasing: nationally significant numbers of this species were present in winter 1997, when the largest counts of Grey Heron, Whitefaced Duck, Redbilled Teal and Hadeda Ibis were also recorded; Spurwinged Goose peaked in winter 1995, and Egyptian Goose and Redknobbed Coot in winter 1996. 40 Lesser Flamingo were present in winter 1995. No threats have been identified.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
IBA
RAMSAR
72Scopus umbretta44.004   
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta55.005  
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata443.1090   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus359.09282   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus418.0940   
203Crake, BlackZapornia flavirostra11.001
214Crane, Grey CrownedBalearica regulorum217.2945   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa342.64225   
101Duck, Fulvous WhistlingDendrocygna bicolor210.0018   
91Duck, Knob-billedSarkidiornis melanotos312.8031   
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata2165.50441   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata37446.451162 850 
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer11.292
58Egret, GreatArdea alba18.2532   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia22.002   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta11.754   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis11425.402342   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus11.502   
87Flamingo, LesserPhoeniconaias minor619.3340   
205Flufftail, Red-chestedSarothrura rufa11.001
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca10396.271486   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis14770.453093 1875750
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus33.003   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis48.2913   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia11.001   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus22.503   
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.603
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax33.003  
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala28.0025   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath25.759   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea19.4530   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea12.504   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides12.003   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus116.7168   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus33.003   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash217.0098   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus11.001  
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus12.504
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis13.006
247Lapwing, African WattledVanellus senegallus22.002   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus1431.4059   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus12.755   
172Osprey, WesternPandion haliaetus11.001
360Owl, African GrassTyto capensis11.672
361Owl, MarshAsio capensis11.332
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola3434.0034   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris17.4021   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma49.2518   
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens11.001
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos12.674  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea3636.0036  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis33.003   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola114.5028   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana22.503   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii23.004   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis55.005   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba16.0017   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus45.677  
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta2929.0029   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis12.003  
99Teal, Blue-billedSpatula hottentota18.5022   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha6121.63634   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia25.008   
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida22.002   
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus22.002   
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis719.7529
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