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Mlalazi River Estuary (28573147)


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Management status UNKNOWN
Conservation status UNKNOWN
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The estuary and mouth of the Mlalazi River, with sand beaches, mudflats, saltmarsh, and adjacent mangroves and coastal dune forest. Two winter and two summer counts show a high number of Whitefronted Plover in 1997, and an excellent number of Sanderling in 1996; some Sanderling remain during the austral winter. A number of Sandwich Terns were also recorded in summer 1996. Important threats include pollution by pesticides and fertilizers from sugar cane farms, and a mining threat to the northern side of the dunes.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
72Scopus umbretta12.086   
255Calidris alba11111.50307   
256Calidris pugnax115.0029  
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis55.005   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus14.5614   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus18.7555   
214Crane, Grey CrownedBalearica regulorum11.502   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A36.009
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata24.007   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata17.2227   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer12.485
58Egret, GreatArdea alba13.005   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta16.2319   
213Finfoot, AfricanPodica senegalensis11.292 
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca24.7714   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis11.634   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia13.338   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus14.9213   
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus34.756   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala11.753   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath11.533   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea12.567   
63Heron, StriatedButorides striata11.672   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus11.001   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash16.5725   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima12.146
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus12.006
400Kingfisher, MangroveHalcyon senegaloides11.252
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis26.1015
247Lapwing, African WattledVanellus senegallus1212.0012   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus14.8727   
172Osprey, WesternPandion haliaetus11.001
41Pelican, Pink-backedPelecanus rufescens22.002   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula18.2539   
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola22.002   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius23.004   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris13.6710   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus17.0018   
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos15.4528  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea12.254  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis11.672   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola12.5711   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba16.5012   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus44.004   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta510.3320   
77Stork, Woolly-neckedCiconia episcopus15.1814   
76Stork, Yellow-billedMycteria ibis11.001   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis22.002   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia11.803   
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo113.7552   
298Tern, Greater CrestedThalasseus bergii125.57128   
297Tern, Lesser CrestedThalasseus bengalensis23.505   
299Tern, LittleSternula albifrons327.0051   
296Tern, SandwichThalasseus sandvicensis211.5030   
10009Tern, UnidentifiedN/A N/A610.0014
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus12.003   
112Vulture, Palm-nutGypohierax angolensis11.001
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A111.4048
685Wagtail, African PiedMotacilla aguimp12.366
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis13.1413
268Whimbrel, Eurasian Numenius phaeopus12.426   
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Friday 27 January 2023 04:05
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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