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Lake St Lucia (28043227)

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
Heritage information
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Information 

Date_registered
1992-01-18
Brief_description
A global IBA and Ramsar site; largest African estuarine system, with important populations of many species. Important for many bird species; globally significant numbers of breeding White Pelican and African Spoonbill, and Greater Flamingo; also significant breeding numbers of Goliath Heron, Saddlebilled Stork and African Fish Eagle. High counts of Lesser Flamingo, shorebirds, Redwinged Pratincole (formerly bred), Greyheaded Gull and terns. Figures show recent decline in counts and number of species. Threats include cessation of dredging at St Lucia mouth, human disturbance, reduced water inflow from catchment, pollution, and development.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
IBA
RAMSAR
255Calidris alba11.001   
72Scopus umbretta13.3814   
256Calidris pugnax1160.60623  
273Dromas ardeola11.001 
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta1565.283801250125
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata4123.67420   
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis1481.50149   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus179.30478   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus2267.851710  130
202Crake, Baillon'sZapornia pusilla22.002
203Crake, BlackZapornia flavirostra13.558
267Curlew, EurasianNumenius arquata11.332   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa116.64109   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa11.001   
101Duck, Fulvous WhistlingDendrocygna bicolor341.36181   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A2108.30735
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata6382.002830   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata2105.09735   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer142.0899
58Egret, GreatArdea alba23190.571833500250 
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia117.3380   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta20114.8910281000500 
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis1274.292345   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus43418.95180871250625760
87Flamingo, LesserPhoeniconaias minor41391.895758  600
92Goose, African PygmyNettapus auritus27.7524   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca22266.90781   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis146.47420   
5Grebe, Black-neckedPodiceps nigricollis2020.0020   
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus11.001   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis130.00127   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia337.97250   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus30652.1028661000500 
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus14.2011   
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus13.2110
64Heron, BlackEgretta ardesiaca115.6741   
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax12.507  
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala113.0642   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath247.56140 125 
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea28107.65653   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea151.051043500250880
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides15.3128   
63Heron, StriatedButorides striata11.082   
10011Heron, UnidentifiedN/A N/A729729.00729
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus136.90278   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus143.71391   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash18.2347   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus216.5762  
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima11.943
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus12.9210
400Kingfisher, MangroveHalcyon senegaloides11.753
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis122.4673
254Knot, RedCalidris canutus99.009   
247Lapwing, African WattledVanellus senegallus18.8726   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus116.5044   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus14.5715   
172Osprey, WesternPandion haliaetus11.434
361Owl, MarshAsio capensis11.332
231Oystercatcher, AfricanHaematopus moquini55.005  
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus11510.3372401800900300
41Pelican, Pink-backedPelecanus rufescens466.60345   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula162.56502   
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola17.5053   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius422.4777   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris15.0013   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus214.5093   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma1414.0014   
281Pratincole, CollaredGlareola pratincola132.67165   
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos129.3093  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea1666.294117 3750
259Sandpiper, GreenTringa ochropus11.001
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis122.3391   
257Sandpiper, TerekXenus cinereus11.001 
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola110.2325   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii144.78300 175 
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba8326.981340150751000
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus2269.3332121000500
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta1387.803721   
73Stork, MarabouLeptoptilos crumenifer12.334   
75Stork, Saddle-billedEphippiorhynchus senegalensis13.8914   
80Stork, WhiteCiconia ciconia11.001   
77Stork, Woolly-neckedCiconia episcopus111.6750   
76Stork, Yellow-billedMycteria ibis3136.381360500250880
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis13.5223  
99Teal, Blue-billedSpatula hottentota398.601100  1000
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis136.88202   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha1133.35952   
294Tern, ArcticSterna paradisaea77.007  
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia1284.759651356820
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo317.9263   
298Tern, Greater CrestedThalasseus bergii148.59296 250200
297Tern, Lesser CrestedThalasseus bengalensis125.4485   
299Tern, LittleSternula albifrons3171.75816 500490
296Tern, SandwichThalasseus sandvicensis121.91105   
10009Tern, UnidentifiedN/A N/A1139.041226
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida124.2017215075100
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus132.67130   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus19.1432   
232Turnstone, RuddyArenaria interpres12.003   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A23273.8323793
685Wagtail, African PiedMotacilla aguimp13.5412
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis12.9410
689Wagtail, Western YellowMotacilla flava77.007
268Whimbrel, Eurasian Numenius phaeopus16.4715   
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Saturday 23 October 2021 04:25
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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