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Hlatikulu Valley (29152941)


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Management status UNKNOWN
Conservation status UNKNOWN
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A degraded and fragmented vlei system, in highly modified highland sour grassland. Patchy Phragmites reed swamp and Typha marsh, and many sedge meadows with Carex, Cyperus, Schoenoplectus, Eleocharis, rushes (Juncus), grasses and forbs. In Hlatikulu Nature Reserve, wetland rehabilitation has been attempted by building three dams, and many "damlets" in existing drains/furrows. Notable as a breeding site and sanctuary for cranes. Three counts for 993-94, showing good summer numbers of cormorants and Darter, good winter numbers of Egyptian and Spurwinged Geese and Yellowbilled Duck, and good numbers of Dabchick and Redknobbed Coot throughout the year. A good selection of migratory shorebirds occurs in summer. Breeding of Bittern and Grass Owl is recorded. Threats include uncontrolled human access, cattle grazing, and bird snaring.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
256Calidris pugnax119.3356  
72Scopus umbretta13.6213   
71Bittern, EurasianBotaurus stellaris11.001   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata3263.001574   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus429.72253   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus16.9321   
203Crake, BlackZapornia flavirostra11.172
216Crane, BlueGrus paradisea220.8872   
214Crane, Grey CrownedBalearica regulorum226.3098  80
215Crane, WattledGrus carunculata210.8542  2
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa110.8667   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa11.802   
101Duck, Fulvous WhistlingDendrocygna bicolor6363.0063   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A25.7514
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus12.675   
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata125.2595   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata2107.83513   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer11.302
58Egret, GreatArdea alba13.719   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia16.0055   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta12.299   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis129.13115   
205Flufftail, Red-chestedSarothrura rufa33.003
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca3120.68446   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis259.74330   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis168.28256 250 
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia110.0019   
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus13.0520
169Harrier, BlackCircus maurus11.001
170Harrier, Montagu'sCircus pygargus11.001
166Harrier, Western MarshCircus aeruginosus11.001
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax12.674   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala18.5230   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea12.646   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea11.804   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides22.002   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus112.0467   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus11.673   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash720.2440   
82Ibis, Southern BaldGeronticus calvus11.001 
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima11.673
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus11.674
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis12.848
247Lapwing, African WattledVanellus senegallus14.2511   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus319.7675   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus12.739   
230Painted-snipe, GreaterRostratula benghalensis11.001   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris13.7115   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma18.4018   
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens11.292-1
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos14.6719  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea2727.0027  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis512.0022   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola112.6754   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana214.4251   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii28.1332   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis15.7722   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba26.2015   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus15.3316   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta2107.50213   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis130.6011210050
99Teal, Blue-billedSpatula hottentota24.3310   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis23.004   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha316.8883   
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida415.8329   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A35.508
685Wagtail, African PiedMotacilla aguimp18.4027
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis213.1848
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Friday 27 January 2023 04:00
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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