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Rooipoort Nature Reserve: Volstruispan (28402410)

Northern Cape

Authority Northern Cape Department of Tourism, Environment and Conservation
Conservation status PROTECTED
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A large open pan on Rooipoort Nature Reserve. Some vegetation on pan floor, mainly grasses; shoreline open, providing good habitat for shorebirds. Infrequently inundated (possibly full only every 10 years). Two summer and two winter counts available, showing reasonable numbers of a relatively good variety of waterfowl and shorebirds. In summer, small to moderate numbers of Palearctic waders recorded, together with a few Avocet, and a good number of Blackwinged Stilt in summer 1997; in winter fewer stilt are recorded, and in 1997 there were reasonable counts of Kittlitz's and Blacksmith Plovers. A greater diversity of waterfowl has occurred in summer: 7 species, plus Redknobbed Coot; in winter 5 of those species were recorded (including 210 Egyptian Goose in 1997) and no coot. All other waterbirds occurred only in summer; 52 Glossy Ibis in 1997 are noteworthy. No threats have been identified.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
256Calidris pugnax27177.80445  
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta224.5062   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata1320.5028   
216Crane, BlueGrus paradisea22.002   
91Duck, Knob-billedSarkidiornis melanotos1616.0016   
103Duck, MaccoaOxyura maccoa11.001   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A22.002
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata14.007   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata417.3339   
58Egret, GreatArdea alba11.001   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia77.007   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus836.0075   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca294.89281   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis217.0034   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis1818.0018   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia1165.25211   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus22.002   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala11.001   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea22.002   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus29.6720   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus4247.0052   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash22.002   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus212.0022   
230Painted-snipe, GreaterRostratula benghalensis11.001   
240Plover, CaspianCharadrius asiaticus44.004   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius150.43250   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris24.006   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma336.0069   
282Pratincole, Black-wingedGlareola nordmanni11.001   
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos11.001  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea2424.0024  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis119.0054   
895Sandpiper, PectoralCalidris melanotos22.002
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola15.5011   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana543.83155   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii38.8024   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba16.0013   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus1980.33208   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta20171.25500   
75Stork, Saddle-billedEphippiorhynchus senegalensis11.001   
80Stork, WhiteCiconia ciconia189189.00189  1
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis131.6789   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha627.2054   
10009Tern, UnidentifiedN/A N/A6565.0065
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida7171.0071   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A637.0068
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis25.6713
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