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Richards Bay Wetlands (28493202)

KwaZulu-Natal

CWAC status REGISTERED-COUNTED IRREGULARLY
Authority Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife & Private
Management status UNKNOWN
Conservation status PARTLY PROTECTED
IBA information SA079 - RICHARDS BAY GAME RESERVE
Ramsar information
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Date_registered
1993-01-09
Brief_description
An IBA. Richards Bay port area; open estuary (including Mhlatuze Lagoon), permanent marsh and seasonal wetland; Thulazihleka Pan within survey area but is counted separately. Wide variety of birds, but recent decline in number of species; exceptional total count in summer 1996 due to globally significant number of 13 000 Common Tern; same count produced highest numbers of Crested and Little Terns. Good numbers of Reed Cormorant, Woolly- necked Stork and Caspian Tern summer and winter; Whimbrel counts high even in winter. Threats are sedimentation, vegetation cutting, reclamation/drainage, and pollution by industrial waste.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
IBA
RAMSAR
255Calidris alba140.71195   
256Calidris pugnax122.6064  
273Dromas ardeola11.142 
72Scopus umbretta11.674   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata110.8732   
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis24.507   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus147.00342   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus113.8440   
203Crake, BlackZapornia flavirostra15.4016
214Crane, Grey CrownedBalearica regulorum12.204   
267Curlew, EurasianNumenius arquata15.9315   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa19.6045   
91Duck, Knob-billedSarkidiornis melanotos44.004   
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus210.6940   
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata435.50157   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata365.24326   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer24.509
58Egret, GreatArdea alba14.4218   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia11.603   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta114.9664   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis112.8354   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus139.8097   
87Flamingo, LesserPhoeniconaias minor11.001   
205Flufftail, Red-chestedSarothrura rufa11.001
893Gallinule, PurplePorphyrio martinica22.002
266Godwit, Bar-tailedLimosa lapponica13.5610   
92Goose, African PygmyNettapus auritus29.2926   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca14.7712   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis24.8814   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis218.7482   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia114.63118   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus2491.74210   
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus19.8124   
4136Gull, Lesser Black-backedLarus fuscus33.003 
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.646
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala12.557   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath12.906   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea212.0440   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea15.5029   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides12.674   
63Heron, StriatedButorides striata12.676   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus110.6343   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus14.8316   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash18.0543   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus111.9430  
229Jacana, LesserMicroparra capensis11.202  
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima12.236
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus13.5613
400Kingfisher, MangroveHalcyon senegaloides12.003
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis17.3829
254Knot, RedCalidris canutus17.1327   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus13.678   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus215.2242   
74Openbill, AfricanAnastomus lamelligerus1212.0012   
172Osprey, WesternPandion haliaetus13.006
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus142.27140   
41Pelican, Pink-backedPelecanus rufescens19.1335   
236Plover, Chestnut-bandedCharadrius pallidus77.007   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula177.20357   
239Plover, Greater SandCharadrius leschenaultii120.2565   
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola2109.05278   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius25.4012   
234Plover, Lesser SandCharadrius mongolus11.001   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris12.756   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus546.04221 125180
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma212.0030   
281Pratincole, CollaredGlareola pratincola49.6713   
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens22.002
261Redshank, CommonTringa totanus11.001
981Sandpiper, Broad-billedCalidris falcinellus22.503
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos25.5411  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea1186.19717  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis110.0033   
257Sandpiper, TerekXenus cinereus3123.77410 
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola113.4057   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii12.226   
286Skua, BrownStercorarius antarcticus11.001
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba113.4461   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus412.0029  
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta2224.00677   
77Stork, Woolly-neckedCiconia episcopus337.35183   
76Stork, Yellow-billedMycteria ibis15.1315   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis18.3330  
99Teal, Blue-billedSpatula hottentota229.64110   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis25.1711   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha142.00228   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia321.2851  20
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo11130.17130008000400011000
298Tern, Greater CrestedThalasseus bergii226.73115   
297Tern, Lesser CrestedThalasseus bengalensis331.0780   
299Tern, LittleSternula albifrons16216.92700 500490
296Tern, SandwichThalasseus sandvicensis145.31141   
10009Tern, UnidentifiedN/A N/A3434.0034
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida152.7520015075100
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus428.8650   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus24.298   
232Turnstone, RuddyArenaria interpres12.638   
112Vulture, Palm-nutGypohierax angolensis22.002
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A50225.00400
685Wagtail, African PiedMotacilla aguimp12.958
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis16.3823
268Whimbrel, Eurasian Numenius phaeopus4109.52356   
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Saturday 23 October 2021 04:38
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Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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