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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
72Scopus umbretta11.001   
10015Anas hybrid11.502
255Calidris alba3030.0030   
256Calidris pugnax157.21259  
1016Anas platyrhynchos11.402
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta1193.231256250125190
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata1393.033104 2500 
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis5656.0056   
51Cormorant, CrownedMicrocarbo coronatus11.001   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus135.09110   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus3136.30702  130
203Crake, BlackZapornia flavirostra11.803
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa384.70300 250 
10006Duck, DomesticAnas platyrhynchos33.003
101Duck, Fulvous WhistlingDendrocygna bicolor1919.0019   
103Duck, MaccoaOxyura maccoa12.446   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A242.3396
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus23.004   
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata35.7510   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata269.43642   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer12.677
58Egret, GreatArdea alba12.174   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia11.424   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta111.9052   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis22.002   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus1332.4030311250625750
87Flamingo, LesserPhoeniconaias minor1614.536275  600
10004Goose, DomesticAnser anser1515.0015
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca1560.522334 1750 
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis241.29273   
5Grebe, Black-neckedPodiceps nigricollis15.1421   
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus143.301405025100
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis135.33173   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia16.8949   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus12.937   
289Gull, Hartlaub'sChroicocephalus hartlaubii147.53377250125300
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus140.39235 150 
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus12.769
64Heron, BlackEgretta ardesiaca12.003   
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax15.0027   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala11.689   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath13.9214   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea114.3544   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea13.228   
63Heron, StriatedButorides striata1414.0014   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus112.9578   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus119.28369   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash13.598   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima11.504
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus11.925
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis17.6120
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus335.11142   
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus114.11141   
231Oystercatcher, AfricanHaematopus moquini24.006   
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus3130.21557  300
236Plover, Chestnut-bandedCharadrius pallidus11.001   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula14.8312   
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola3434.0034   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius115.2496   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris110.3371   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus12.226   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma18.3650   
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos138.62486  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea1181.17696  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis14.5612   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola11.924   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana3135.23536420210500
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii160.88615350175350
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis12.8911   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba133.13130 75 
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus255.47236   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta1163.971455   
76Stork, Yellow-billedMycteria ibis11.001   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis15.3526  
10007Swan, Black Cygnus atratus11.001
99Teal, Blue-billedSpatula hottentota113.4739   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis166.07530   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha123.81163   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia111.2034  20
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo35.007   
298Tern, Greater CrestedThalasseus bergii19.5043   
296Tern, SandwichThalasseus sandvicensis15.009   
10009Tern, UnidentifiedN/A N/A344.3390
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida14.0015   
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus125.32153   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus13.107   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A2190.891284
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis12.504
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Monday 30 January 2023 09:53
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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