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Chatty Saltpans (33512535)

Eastern Cape

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Management status UNKNOWN
Conservation status UNKNOWN
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Commercial saltpans within Swartkops Estuary IBA. Similar avifauna to nearby Redhouse saltpan, but has held globally significant numbers of Blacknecked Grebe and one nationally significant count of Greater Flamingo (winter 1995). As at Redhouse, Dabchick, cormorant and flamingo numbers peak in winter, but Cape Teal numbers peak in summer. Good summer counts of Grey Plover, Turnstone and Ruff, but few Ringed Plover; good counts of Avocet and Blackwinged Stilt in summer 1996; high winter count of Kittlitz's Plover in 1997. In contrast to Redhouse, few Kelp Gulls recorded but high numbers of Greyheaded Gulls in summer; like nearby Bar None saltpans, maximum counts of Palearctic waders lower than at Redhouse. South African Shelduck not recorded; few Redbilled Teal counted, and only one Yellowbilled Duck. Threats include pollution by domestic sewage and solid waste, hunting/trapping, and overhead powerlines. Comprised of the following sections: Swartkops Sea Salt Saltpans (excluding high salinity extraction pans), Stormwater pond between road and township, 1st evaporation saltpan, Chatty Stream from road bridge to level with middle of Chatty Pan 4. Second, third, fourth and fifth evaporation saltpans, including the temporary pans between road and rail line.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
72Scopus umbretta11.001   
256Calidris pugnax40318.64702  
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta3127.52490250125190
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata167.07555   
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis166.00282   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus147.10164   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus247.21270  130
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa33.003   
101Duck, Fulvous WhistlingDendrocygna bicolor13.886   
103Duck, MaccoaOxyura maccoa11.001   
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata14.8311   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata116.5076   
58Egret, GreatArdea alba11.502   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta114.4898   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis11.001   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus1255.04895 625750
87Flamingo, LesserPhoeniconaias minor1121.40875  600
266Godwit, Bar-tailedLimosa lapponica11.001   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca13.9510   
5Grebe, Black-neckedPodiceps nigricollis6430.831249250125240
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis155.94160   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia116.0857   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus1149.79467   
289Gull, Hartlaub'sChroicocephalus hartlaubii16.2417   
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus318.4146   
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.001
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax11.001   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala11.001   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath11.001   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea110.6927   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus11.924   
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis12.577
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus325.1759   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus12.334   
172Osprey, WesternPandion haliaetus11.001
231Oystercatcher, AfricanHaematopus moquini11.832   
272Phalarope, Red-neckedPhalaropus lobatus55.005
236Plover, Chestnut-bandedCharadrius pallidus12.004   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula731.7178   
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola1103.29261   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius1659.48117   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris113.7943   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus11.834   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma33.334   
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea4197.52722  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis142.00105   
895Sandpiper, PectoralCalidris melanotos22.002
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola11.001   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana229.45151   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii661.79199 175 
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba17.3827   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus25126.31372   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta1158.05532   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis26195.55832   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha112.5292   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia16.8842  20
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo241.23247   
299Tern, LittleSternula albifrons131.62179   
296Tern, SandwichThalasseus sandvicensis120.0039   
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus1210.53870   
232Turnstone, RuddyArenaria interpres230.09113   
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis829.4871
268Whimbrel, Eurasian Numenius phaeopus11.001   
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FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
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