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Zandvlei: Westlake Wetlands (34071827)

Western Cape

Authority City of Cape Town Biodiversity Management Branch & Private
Conservation status PARTLY PROTECTED
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An open estuary, with some reedbeds and other emergent vegetation. Holds a good variety of birds, including Purple Heron, Little Bittern and Purple Gallinule. Cormorant counts peak in winter; numbers of Darter, Cape Teal, Redknobbed Coot, Blackwinged Stilt and Hartlaub's Gull show no definite seasonal peak. There were unusually large counts of Blacksmith Plover in summer 1993, of Cape Shoveller in the 1994-1996 summers, of Sacred Ibis in summer 1994, and of Egyptian Goose in winter 1997. Numbers of Darter show some overall increase but Cape Teal appear to be declining. Severe threats are posed by invasive alien plants (Paspalum grass and Eichhornia); important threats include eutrophication, and pollution by solid waste. Hunting, fishing, domestic dogs and cats, and residential development, are also problems. Mallard pose some hybridization threat.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
10015Anas hybrid15.5011
72Scopus umbretta11.001   
1016Anas platyrhynchos13.157
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta215.6753   
67Bittern, LittleIxobrychus minutus11.062   
1027Booby, Red-footedSula sula11.001
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata110.5757   
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis14.8015   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus19.0074   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus13.6321   
203Crake, BlackZapornia flavirostra11.502
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa16.8325   
10006Duck, DomesticAnas platyrhynchos24.678
10005Duck, HybridAnas hybrid13.005
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata118.85107   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer11.402
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia12.255   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta13.2015   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis12.6710   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus119.0037   
893Gallinule, PurplePorphyrio martinica13.005
10004Goose, DomesticAnser anser4444.0044
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca113.47154   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis19.2578   
5Grebe, Black-neckedPodiceps nigricollis11.001   
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus11.903   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis12.5410   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia11.502   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus12.334   
289Gull, Hartlaub'sChroicocephalus hartlaubii16.9046   
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus14.0332   
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.172
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax11.804   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala11.674   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea12.045   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea11.714   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus13.4011   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus14.0913   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash13.4119   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima12.003
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus11.876
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis13.0413
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus16.2828   
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus120.35307   
211Moorhen, LesserParagallinula angulata1010.0010
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus17.0019   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula22.002   
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola22.002   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius12.003   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris11.502   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus147.5094   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma11.001   
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis5353.0053   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola11.001   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana27.5013   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii17.2474   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba13.458   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus16.2832   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis11.936  
99Teal, Blue-billedSpatula hottentota12.334   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis16.2238   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha12.675   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia11.784   
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo11.502   
296Tern, SandwichThalasseus sandvicensis11.001   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus22.002   
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis12.307
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Monday 06 February 2023 05:16
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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