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Hluhluwe Floodplain (28033217)


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Management status UNKNOWN
Conservation status UNKNOWN
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The floodplain of the Hluhluwe River, entering False Bay. A meandering river, with muddy margins, wet grassland and some fringing reeds. Pinkbacked Pelican formerly bred, and still occurs; Pygmy Goose also occurs; reedbeds near the floodplain hold African Rail, Black Crake and Purple Gallinule. Only two counts are available (winter 1994 and summer 1995): good numbers of White Pelican, Ringed Plover and Redwinged Pratincole (which has bred here) were recorded in summer, and of Lesser Flamingo, Redwinged Pratincole and Caspian Tern in winter. Counts were discontinued in 1995 but should be reinstated. Threats include excessive grazing and trampling by cattle, which have eliminated open water areas and have severely affected the vegetation, resulting in a falloff in duck numbers, although shorebird habitat is probably still good.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
72Scopus umbretta14.7512   
256Calidris pugnax4040.0040  
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta316.3334   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus315.2520   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus125.5050   
203Crake, BlackZapornia flavirostra27.2514
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa13.005   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A200200.00200
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus3030.0030   
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata1300.50600   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata2320.751200 8501000
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer24.7511
58Egret, GreatArdea alba16.0012   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia11.001   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta16.7511   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis748.67100   
87Flamingo, LesserPhoeniconaias minor250275.00300   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca234.67100   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis36.5010   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia921.3337   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus22.002   
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus12.504
64Heron, BlackEgretta ardesiaca11.502   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala412.5021   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath39.0020   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea410.0018   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea25.3310   
63Heron, StriatedButorides striata23.676   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus26.6712   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus33.003   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash1012.5015   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus22.002   
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus11.502
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis37.5015
247Lapwing, African WattledVanellus senegallus716.6736   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus22.503   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus11.001   
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus1273.00120   
41Pelican, Pink-backedPelecanus rufescens44.004   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula2231.0040   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius533.7560   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris28.3316   
281Pratincole, CollaredGlareola pratincola5149.25500 500 
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos1326.5040  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea120160.00200  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis112.5040   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola12.003   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba15.338   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus136.2580   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta100126.50153   
76Stork, Yellow-billedMycteria ibis88.679   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia412.0020  20
298Tern, Greater CrestedThalasseus bergii1616.0016   
299Tern, LittleSternula albifrons11.001   
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida33.003   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus16.0011   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A775.25226
685Wagtail, African PiedMotacilla aguimp22.002
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis66.006
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Friday 27 January 2023 02:54
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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