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Verlorenvlei (32201825)

Western Cape

CWAC status REGISTERED-COUNTED REGULARLY
Authority CapeNature
Management status PRIVATE LAND
Conservation status PARTLY PROTECTED
IBA information SA103 - VERLORENVLEI
Ramsar information ZA009 - Verlorenvlei
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Information 

Date_registered
1992-01-21
Brief_description
An IBA and Ramsar site. A freshwater coastal lake, marsh, and closed estuary. Reed-fringed open water in lower reaches, variably extensive Phragmites, Typha and sedgebeds upstream to Redelinghuys, with some Nymphaea on pools. Globally significant numbers of Great Crested Grebe and South African Shelduck; nationally significant counts of four other species. Pelican, waterfowl and ibis numbers peak in summer. Important for marsh birds: may hold 50 pairs Little Bittern and Purple Gallinule, up to 100 pairs African Rail and Black Crake, and 20 pairs of Redchested Flufftail; Baillon's Crake probably breeds. Up to 200 Ethiopian Snipe and 452 Avocet counted. Total counts declined from 1996. Eutrophication a severe threat; important threats include pollution (pesticides and herbicides), water abstraction and reed encroachment.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
IBA
RAMSAR
256Calidris pugnax157.21259  
1016Anas platyrhynchos11.402
72Scopus umbretta11.001   
10015Anas hybrid11.502
255Calidris alba316.5030   
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta1185.591256250125190
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata1416.533104 2500 
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis5656.0056   
51Cormorant, CrownedMicrocarbo coronatus11.001   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus134.02110   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus1129.51702  130
203Crake, BlackZapornia flavirostra11.803
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa381.84300 250 
10006Duck, DomesticAnas platyrhynchos33.003
101Duck, Fulvous WhistlingDendrocygna bicolor1919.0019   
103Duck, MaccoaOxyura maccoa15.1534   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A242.3396
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus23.004   
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata36.8314   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata267.44642   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer12.637
58Egret, GreatArdea alba12.174   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia12.009   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta111.6852   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis212.4041   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus1302.9230311250625750
87Flamingo, LesserPhoeniconaias minor1552.586275  600
10004Goose, DomesticAnser anser1213.5015
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca1523.692334 1750 
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis245.18273   
5Grebe, Black-neckedPodiceps nigricollis17.2429   
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus141.361405025100
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis134.02173   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia16.4349   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus12.937   
289Gull, Hartlaub'sChroicocephalus hartlaubii152.14377250125300
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus139.12235 150 
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus12.739
64Heron, BlackEgretta ardesiaca12.003   
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax14.5627   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala11.599   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath13.9214   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea113.9244   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea13.188   
63Heron, StriatedButorides striata1414.0014   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus114.52114   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus120.16369   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash14.4810   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima11.504
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus11.925
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis17.3820
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus333.95142   
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus113.51141   
231Oystercatcher, AfricanHaematopus moquini24.006   
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus3128.18557  300
236Plover, Chestnut-bandedCharadrius pallidus11.001   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula14.2912   
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola3434.0034   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius114.8396   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris110.0071   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus12.856   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma18.3650   
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos138.62486  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea1181.17696  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis14.5612   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola11.924   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana3129.92536420210500
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii157.85615350175350
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis12.8911   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba131.70130 75 
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus257.72236   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta1151.881455   
76Stork, Yellow-billedMycteria ibis11.001   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis15.3526  
10007Swan, Black Cygnus atratus12.003
99Teal, Blue-billedSpatula hottentota113.4739   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis166.33530   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha125.66163   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia111.2034  20
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo35.007   
298Tern, Greater CrestedThalasseus bergii135.29190   
296Tern, SandwichThalasseus sandvicensis14.009   
10009Tern, UnidentifiedN/A N/A339.2590
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida112.0068   
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus125.32153   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus13.107   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A2190.891284
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis12.504
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Tuesday 25 June 2024 12:28
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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