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Reichenau Mission Dam (29482938)


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Management status UNKNOWN
Conservation status UNKNOWN
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A farm dam with open water, some fringing reeds, some marshy vegetation, and a little exposed mud at low water levels. The commonest waterbirds are Yellowbilled Duck and Redknobbed Coot, both of which show peak numbers in winter. Other waterfowl, and ibises and Dabchick, also peak in winter, but cormorant numbers are higher in summer. Reasonable counts of some shorebirds such as Blacksmith Plover, Curlew Sandpiper and Ruff are recorded in summer. Crowned Crane, African Rail, Purple Gallinule and Halfcollared Kingfisher also occur. Declining Redknobbed Coot numbers contribute significantly to the observed overall decline in total counts during the survey period. Threats include hunting, and adjacent overhead powerlines.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
256Calidris pugnax117.5050  
72Scopus umbretta11.001   
67Bittern, LittleIxobrychus minutus11.001   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata1338.481117   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus19.6828   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus11.573   
203Crake, BlackZapornia flavirostra12.8010
214Crane, Grey CrownedBalearica regulorum23.548   
215Crane, WattledGrus carunculata22.002  2
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa11.957   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa11.673   
103Duck, MaccoaOxyura maccoa11.502   
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus115.4464   
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata13.758   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata361.02350   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer11.202
58Egret, GreatArdea alba11.717   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia12.089   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis131.86151   
10004Goose, DomesticAnser anser11.001
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca119.6567   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis112.8560   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis568.43521500250 
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia11.001   
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.252
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax11.001   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala16.8225   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea12.004   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea11.001   
65Heron, Rufous-belliedArdeola rufiventris11.001   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides11.001   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus19.5395   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus1414.0014   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash15.5927   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus11.001   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima11.001
396Kingfisher, Half-collaredAlcedo semitorquata11.001
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus12.224
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis12.107
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus111.4948   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus115.0358   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris12.225   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma110.7653   
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens11.302-1
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos12.004  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea4040.0040  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis22.002   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola24.0012   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana110.1974   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii17.3928   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis13.206   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba12.8817   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus17.5528   
80Stork, WhiteCiconia ciconia7373.0073  1
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis11.884  
99Teal, Blue-billedSpatula hottentota11.673   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha14.7116   
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida19.5428   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A55.005
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis13.0412
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Wednesday 01 February 2023 11:03
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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