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Umgeni River Estuary (29493102)

KwaZulu-Natal

CWAC status REGISTERED-COUNTED REGULARLY
Authority Private
Management status UNKNOWN
Conservation status UNPROTECTED
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Date_registered
1993-01-10
Brief_description
An open estuary with mud, sandbanks, and some patches of reeds, sedges and grass. A good site for concentrations of shorebirds and terns; the relatively high counts in summer reflect the abundance of these migratory species. Nationally significant numbers of Greyheaded Gull are recorded in summer; Kelp Gull is most numerous in winter. Relatively few waterfowl occur. Numbers of cormorants, ibises and Darter peak in winter; White Pelican is recorded only on summer counts, and Blacksmith Plover and Swift Tern are common in summer and winter. Woollynecked Stork, Whitefronted Plover, African Black Oystercatcher and Caspian Tern are recorded. Boating and water skiing are critical threats, while a severe threat is posed by industrial and domestic pollution; domestic dogs are also a problem.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
IBA
RAMSAR
256Calidris pugnax14.0012  
72Scopus umbretta11.674   
273Dromas ardeola11.001 
255Calidris alba130.9397   
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis112.6360   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus16.1737   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus118.7575   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa12.848   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa11.001   
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata18.2725   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata14.0011   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer11.454
58Egret, GreatArdea alba12.678   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia23.505   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta15.8716   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis13.0910   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus11.332   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca217.9054   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis14.5312   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia113.0939   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus1171.25831 500 
289Gull, Hartlaub'sChroicocephalus hartlaubii11.001   
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus121.10120   
4136Gull, Lesser Black-backedLarus fuscus11.001 
64Heron, BlackEgretta ardesiaca11.001   
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax11.001   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala12.1620   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath11.925   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea513.3026   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea11.914   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides11.502   
63Heron, StriatedButorides striata12.004   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus142.57192   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus11.001   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash111.4341   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus11.503   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima11.583
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus11.315
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis15.1513
247Lapwing, African WattledVanellus senegallus11.001   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus1563.50125   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus11.001   
172Osprey, WesternPandion haliaetus11.192
231Oystercatcher, AfricanHaematopus moquini11.001   
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus115.0053   
41Pelican, Pink-backedPelecanus rufescens16.3970   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula137.4197   
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola13.098   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius16.0016   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris18.4570   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus111.7548   
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos14.4621  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea5189.48631  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis12.256   
257Sandpiper, TerekXenus cinereus12.004 
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola13.5617   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana11.833   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii22.002   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba12.9113   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus11.001   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta146.22288   
77Stork, Woolly-neckedCiconia episcopus15.4426   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis11.001  
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha1212.0012   
294Tern, ArcticSterna paradisaea3030.0030  
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia12.5210   
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo1151.72650   
298Tern, Greater CrestedThalasseus bergii181.55307 250200
297Tern, Lesser CrestedThalasseus bengalensis12.004   
299Tern, LittleSternula albifrons138.73270   
296Tern, SandwichThalasseus sandvicensis16.0628   
295Tern, SootyOnychoprion fuscatus11.001
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus376.20235   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus18.5420   
232Turnstone, RuddyArenaria interpres11.502   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A11.001
685Wagtail, African PiedMotacilla aguimp12.044
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis12.249
268Whimbrel, Eurasian Numenius phaeopus111.5560   
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Friday 27 January 2023 02:45
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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