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Tugela River Mouth (29133128)


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Management status UNKNOWN
Conservation status UNKNOWN
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The open estuary of the Tugela River; it has sand beaches, and little natural fringing vegetation because of the encroachment of sugar cane. Only 3 summer counts are available, reflecting small numbers of shorebirds and Sandwich Tern, but large numbers of Common Tern and the second highest total of Little Tern recorded during the survey period. Threats include siltation, organic pollution, agricultural encroachment, and disturbance from recreational activities, including ski boats and four-wheel-drive vehicles.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
255Calidris alba418.6742   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus311.5020   
58Egret, GreatArdea alba88.008   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta15.5010   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca2020.0020   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia27.3314   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus732.3360   
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus219.6740   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala44.004   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea25.2510   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash1111.0011   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima11.001
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis12.334
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus1717.0017   
172Osprey, WesternPandion haliaetus11.001
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus11.001   
41Pelican, Pink-backedPelecanus rufescens11.001   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula113.5026   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris27.3310   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus611.3318   
281Pratincole, CollaredGlareola pratincola110.5020   
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos113.5028  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea1010.0010  
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola44.004   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta233.5060   
77Stork, Woolly-neckedCiconia episcopus11.502   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia13.506   
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo1001330.003000  1800
298Tern, Greater CrestedThalasseus bergii120160.00200  200
299Tern, LittleSternula albifrons40380.00800 500490
296Tern, SandwichThalasseus sandvicensis731.3380   
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus33.003   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus25.3312   
232Turnstone, RuddyArenaria interpres11.001   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A3030.0030
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis110.6725
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Wednesday 01 February 2023 12:18
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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