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Kabeljous River Estuary (34002456)

Eastern Cape

CWAC status REGISTERED-COUNTED REGULARLY
Authority Private
Management status UNKNOWN
Conservation status UNKNOWN
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Date_registered
1995-07-31
Brief_description
The tidal estuary of the Kabeljous River; many new adjacent wetlands also attract birds. The site has a good variety of waterbirds: 20 shorebird species are listed, including 12 Palearctic migrants, two of which (Knot and Whimbrel) are recorded only in winter. Good numbers of Common Terns occurred in summer 1996 (when maximum numbers of several shorebird species were also recorded), and of Arctic Terns in summer 1997; large numbers of Redknobbed Coot and South African Shelduck were present in winter 1995, when peak counts of Dabchick and African Spoonbill were also recorded. Disturbance by 4x4 and other vehicles poses a critical threat around the lagoon, while lesser threats include boating on the lagoon, fishing, bait collecting, and disturbance by livestock.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
IBA
RAMSAR
255Calidris alba222.3986   
256Calidris pugnax135.77243  
1016Anas platyrhynchos11.001
72Scopus umbretta11.001   
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta114.6750   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata1233.412000   
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis110.3053   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus147.21218   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus136.51286  130
203Crake, BlackZapornia flavirostra11.001
267Curlew, EurasianNumenius arquata13.1817   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa13.1912   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A123.70110
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata13.888   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata156.77272   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer11.563
58Egret, GreatArdea alba11.252   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta19.5139   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis198.10403   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus195.18500   
87Flamingo, LesserPhoeniconaias minor1241.5071   
266Godwit, Bar-tailedLimosa lapponica13.005   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca125.34396   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis112.0760   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis118.85121   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia113.8049   
933Gull, Black-headedChroicocephalus ridibundus11.001
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus134.42145   
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus161.21368300150 
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.203
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax11.001   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala12.477   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath11.001   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea18.7926   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea12.337   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus126.14165   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash16.4821   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima11.333
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus11.502
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis17.3927
254Knot, RedCalidris canutus166.75217   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus214.63258   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus44.004   
74Openbill, AfricanAnastomus lamelligerus66.006   
172Osprey, WesternPandion haliaetus11.001
231Oystercatcher, AfricanHaematopus moquini117.88524824 
236Plover, Chestnut-bandedCharadrius pallidus610.0013   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula149.59198   
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola120.7895   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius144.80321   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris13.9336   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus115.5750   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma11.001   
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos13.138  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea1463.271446  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis18.3036   
257Sandpiper, TerekXenus cinereus1010.0010 
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola11.252   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana142.73139   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii126.48119   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba17.6525   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus114.3852   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta2137.68439   
99Teal, Blue-billedSpatula hottentota22.002   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis113.0544   
1274Teal, EurasianAnas crecca750750.00750
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha115.2573   
294Tern, ArcticSterna paradisaea1059.00108  
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia16.0426  20
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo11039.824570 40001800
298Tern, Greater CrestedThalasseus bergii1109.371000500250200
297Tern, Lesser CrestedThalasseus bengalensis11.001   
299Tern, LittleSternula albifrons155.15200   
296Tern, SandwichThalasseus sandvicensis129.84103   
10009Tern, UnidentifiedN/A N/A653.82200
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida1213.5015   
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus329.3369   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus19.3230   
232Turnstone, RuddyArenaria interpres314.0025   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A159.89400
685Wagtail, African PiedMotacilla aguimp55.005
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis519.7166
268Whimbrel, Eurasian Numenius phaeopus12.788   
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Saturday 04 February 2023 06:18
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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