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Kei River Estuary (32402821)

Eastern Cape

Authority Unknown
Management status UNKNOWN
Conservation status UNPROTECTED
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The Kei Estuary lies approximately 50km north-east of East London. As far as I am aware it does not have any protected area status. The count stretch extends from Nthombe Kei on the southern shore approx. 6.5 km upstream to the mouth. The vegetation along the northern bank is mainly grassland with thicket but there is a steep section opposite Nthombe Kei. Towards the mouth there is grazing land and an area of salt marsh near the mouth. The southern shore is bounded by thicket for most of its length with an area of open sand and mud flats near to the mouth. I am not presently aware of any threats to the area being counted.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
72Scopus umbretta11.895   
255Calidris alba216.9351   
256Calidris pugnax212.3831  
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta23.505   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata1414.0014   
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis115.7550   
51Cormorant, CrownedMicrocarbo coronatus44.004   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus15.3314   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus28.3717   
201Crake, SpottedPorzana porzana11.001
214Crane, Grey CrownedBalearica regulorum44.004   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa12.757   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa11.302   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A3131.0031
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata88.008   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata633.4471   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer11.944
58Egret, GreatArdea alba11.202   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta12.314   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis211.8038   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus1938.0075   
266Godwit, Bar-tailedLimosa lapponica11.001   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca312.7430   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis11.001   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis11.001   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia113.0068   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus11.001   
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus210.4223   
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.001
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala16.3344   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath11.333   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea16.8220   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides11.001   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus27.9134   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash14.0013   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima11.001
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus11.001
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis12.506
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus726.1159   
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus11.001   
172Osprey, WesternPandion haliaetus11.001
231Oystercatcher, AfricanHaematopus moquini17.4023   
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus11.001   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula935.3078   
239Plover, Greater SandCharadrius leschenaultii11.001   
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola15.0614   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius28.6722   
1039Plover, Pacific GoldenPluvialis fulva11.001
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris210.8929   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus226.9571   
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos15.8013  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea137.2797  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis11.001   
895Sandpiper, PectoralCalidris melanotos11.001
257Sandpiper, TerekXenus cinereus13.6315 
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola18.5815   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana24.008   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii11.001   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis11.332   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba28.8223   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus17.0013   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta28.1720   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis11.332  
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis2222.0022   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha111.0032   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia16.3326  20
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo1220.901120   
298Tern, Greater CrestedThalasseus bergii556.11208  200
299Tern, LittleSternula albifrons337.7883   
296Tern, SandwichThalasseus sandvicensis2168.45490   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus16.3313   
232Turnstone, RuddyArenaria interpres17.4027   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A22.002
685Wagtail, African PiedMotacilla aguimp11.732
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis717.8438
268Whimbrel, Eurasian Numenius phaeopus112.0534   
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Saturday 04 February 2023 06:01
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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