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Marievale Bird Sanctuary: Area B (26212831)


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IBA information SA021 - BLESBOKSPRUIT
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An IBA and part of the Blesbokspruit Ramsar site. Has extensive Phragmites and Typha reedbeds, also sedgebeds, wet grass, and open water with floating-leaved vegetation. Good numbers of Glossy Ibis, Yellowbilled Duck and Redknobbed Coot occur all year; Squacco Heron may be quite common in summer. Hottentot Teal and Spurwinged Goose numbers peak in winter. A good selection of rails occurs, and Spotted Crake is also recorded. Purple Heron, Little Bittern, Grass Owl and Marsh Owl also occur. Increases are apparent in the number of species (summer and winter) and total count (summer). Blesbokspruit is severely threatened by discharge of mine water which drastically increases total water volume, maintains artificially high water levels in the dry season, and contains many pollutants, including salt. The CWAC site known as "Marievale Area B" is the area opened up due to the spraying of the reed beds to manage the the reed encroachment. This includes sections A, B, C, and D.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta126.50122  
67Bittern, LittleIxobrychus minutus12.835   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata36163.86357   
50Cormorant, ReedPhalacrocorax africanus120.7454   
47Cormorant, White-breastedPhalacrocorax carbo15.7018   
202Crake, Baillon'sPorzana pusilla22.002
203Crake, BlackAmaurornis flavirostris15.3517
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa13.5814   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa13.406   
101Duck, FulvousDendrocygna bicolor18.5734   
91Duck, Knob-billedSarkidiornis melanotos1313.0013   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A17.7519
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus11.001   
100Duck, White-facedDendrocygna viduata13.7012   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata3083.36202   
61Egret, CattleBubulcus ibis116.9561   
58Egret, GreatEgretta alba11.001   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta12.959   
982Egret, SlatyEgretta vinaceigula11.001   
60Egret, Yellow-billedEgretta intermedia11.432   
86Flamingo, GreaterPhoenicopterus ruber113.6749   
87Flamingo, LesserPhoenicopterus minor11.252   
205Flufftail, Red-chestedSarothrura rufa11.674
265Godwit, Black-tailedLimosa limosa33.003 
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiacus214.4242   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis1236.631272  750
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus11.432   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis17.8339   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia13.8518   
288Gull, Grey-headedLarus cirrocephalus19.1122   
72Hamerkop, HamerkopScopus umbretta11.502   
64Heron, BlackEgretta ardesiaca14.7314   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala13.7916   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath12.476   
63Heron, Green-backedButorides striata11.001   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea13.1817   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea13.338   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides18.7652   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus17.8033   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus130.46195   
84Ibis, HadedaBostrychia hagedash16.5233   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus11.402  
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maximus11.001
397Kingfisher, MalachiteAlcedo cristata12.056
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis12.206
247Lapwing, African WattledVanellus senegallus23.004   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus625.1971   
167Marsh-harrier, AfricanCircus ranivorus11.502
166Marsh-harrier, WesternCircus aeruginosus11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus842.75118   
211Moorhen, LesserGallinula angulata11.001
69Night-Heron, Black-crownedNycticorax nycticorax12.115  
361Owl, MarshAsio capensis11.573
230Painted-snipe, GreaterRostratula benghalensis22.503  
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula11.673   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius12.004   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris17.0428   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma28.0017   
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens14.5413
256Ruff, RuffPhilomachus pugnax149.23125  
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos25.509  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea17.7528  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis15.8014   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola14.6421   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana11.754   
94Shoveler, CapeAnas smithii116.0451   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis120.1462   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba14.5518   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus216.9247  
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta118.6758   
80Stork, WhiteCiconia ciconia55.005   
76Stork, Yellow-billedMycteria ibis22.785   
208Swamphen, African PurplePorphyrio madagascariensis117.1960 50
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis15.0011   
99Teal, HottentotAnas hottentota330.3774   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha156.31291   
290Tern, CaspianSterna caspia22.002   
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida118.2157   
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus115.06160   
0Unknown, UnknownN/A N/A11.001
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis17.0018
689Wagtail, YellowMotacilla flava1616.0016
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