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Spioenkop Dam (28412929)

KwaZulu-Natal

CWAC status REGISTERED-COUNTS SUSPENDED
Authority Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife & Private
Management status PROVINCIAL GAME/NATURE RESERVE
Conservation status PROTECTED
IBA information SA062 - SPIOENKOP NATURE RESERVE
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Date_registered
1993-07-18
Brief_description
A large dam within the Spioenkop Nature Reserve IBA. Shoreline mostly steep and rocky, with some more shallowly sloping grassy areas; very little mud. Holds relatively moderate numbers of a reasonable selection of waterbird species. Counts of Dabchick, cormorants, Darter, Cattle Egret, Whitefaced and Yellowbilled Duck, Redbilled Teal, Spurwinged Goose, Redknobbed Coot, and Threebanded and Blacksmith Plovers peak in winter; counts of Egyptian Goose are highest in summer. Adverse conditions caused the summer 1996 count to be abandoned. Grass Owl and Whitebacked Night Heron occur; 1 pair of Goliath Heron breeds. Overall numbers, and species richness, appear to be declining in winter. Boating, fishing and human disturbance may pose mild localized threats; quelea-control measures have adversely affected reedbed birds in the past.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
IBA
RAMSAR
72Scopus umbretta12.134   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata19.3341   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus130.3186   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus124.18100   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa116.5053   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa12.334   
91Duck, Knob-billedSarkidiornis melanotos11.001   
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata141.00210   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata1141.43615   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer11.643
58Egret, GreatArdea alba11.001   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta11.001   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis135.83135   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca1392.64504   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis143.09194   
5Grebe, Black-neckedPodiceps nigricollis22.002   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis25.4312   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia34.509   
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus22.002
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax27.7512  
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala12.114   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath13.006   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea13.677   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea11.001   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus12.505   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus11.001   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash15.1113   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima12.135
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus13.1312
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis311.0025
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus29.1020   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus12.003   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris38.7519   
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos13.207  
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana13.5712   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii22.002   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba15.0012   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha216.0030   
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus11.001   
685Wagtail, African PiedMotacilla aguimp22.002
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis1520.7730
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Saturday 23 October 2021 05:14
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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