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Lake Sibaya (27213240)

KwaZulu-Natal

CWAC status REGISTERED-COUNTED REGULARLY
Authority Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
Management status PROVINCIAL GAME/NATURE RESERVE
Conservation status PROTECTED
IBA information SA054 - LAKE SIBAYA
Ramsar information ZA012 - Lake Sibaya
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Information 

Date_registered
1992-07-07
Brief_description
Ramsar site and globally Important Bird Area. Largest natural freshwater lake in South Africa. Deep water; marginal, fringing and floating vegetation (Typha, Phragmites, sedges, emergent grass, Nymphaea, etc.) is largely confined to inlets and sheltered shorelines. Diverse avifauna but few species occur in large numbers. Goliath Heron, Saddlebilled Stork, Lesser Jacana and Pinkthroated Longclaw occur, Natal Nightjar locally common. Pygmy Goose and African Jacana most numerous in winter, when other local waterbodies may become dry. Small numbers of Lesser Gallinule and Redchested Flufftail; Black Crake and Purple Gallinule locally common. Important source of permanent water for birds and mammals; supports appreciable number of rare/endangered plant and animal taxa. Also supports rural people and tourism; eutrophication is a threat.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
IBA
RAMSAR
4150Albatross, ShyThalassarche cauta150150.00150
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta25.8017  
66Bittern, DwarfIxobrychus sturmii11.001   
67Bittern, LittleIxobrychus minutus11.001   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata113.5641   
50Cormorant, ReedPhalacrocorax africanus2263.03605   
47Cormorant, White-breastedPhalacrocorax carbo19250.74597  130
203Crake, BlackAmaurornis flavirostris12.9616
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa17.0031   
91Duck, CombSarkidiornis melanotos11.001   
101Duck, FulvousDendrocygna bicolor44.004   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A123.5496
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus55.005   
100Duck, White-facedDendrocygna viduata121.29133   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata330.07119   
61Egret, CattleBubulcus ibis4104.27316   
58Egret, GreatEgretta alba13.3610   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta117.5660   
60Egret, Yellow-billedEgretta intermedia12.256   
149Fish-eagle, AfricanHaliaeetus vocifer39.6319
86Flamingo, GreaterPhoenicopterus ruber1043.2577   
209Gallinule, Allen'sPorphyrio alleni22.002
893Gallinule, American PurplePorphyrio martinicus33.003
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiacus140.82171   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis212.6129   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis278.94285 250 
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia113.48121   
288Gull, Grey-headedLarus cirrocephalus110.69110   
72Hamerkop, HamerkopScopus umbretta12.887   
64Heron, BlackEgretta ardesiaca14.5014   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala11.502   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath13.8210   
63Heron, Green-backedButorides striata11.332   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea17.4730   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea19.7140   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides13.3212   
10011Heron, UnidentifiedN/A N/A44.004
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus17.7319   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus11.754   
84Ibis, HadedaBostrychia hagedash17.0025   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus114.0631  
229Jacana, LesserMicroparra capensis12.003  
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maximus12.003
397Kingfisher, MalachiteAlcedo cristata12.6912
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis926.6646
247Lapwing, African WattledVanellus senegallus16.0017   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus18.5228   
167Marsh-harrier, AfricanCircus ranivorus11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus18.5829   
69Night-Heron, Black-crownedNycticorax nycticorax11.754  
70Night-Heron, White-backedGorsachius leuconotus22.002   
172Osprey, OspreyPandion haliaetus11.252
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula12.255   
239Plover, Greater SandCharadrius leschenaultii11.001   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius33.003   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris22.002   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus19.7026   
282Pratincole, Black-wingedGlareola nordmanni33.003   
281Pratincole, CollaredGlareola pratincola14.2517   
92Pygmy-Goose, AfricanNettapus auritus113.6274   
256Ruff, RuffPhilomachus pugnax13.296  
255Sanderling, SanderlingCalidris alba66.006   
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos16.7517  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea220.5039  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis22.002   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba14.8013   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus121.7467  
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta14.007   
75Stork, Saddle-billedEphippiorhynchus senegalensis11.813   
77Stork, Woolly-neckedCiconia episcopus11.804   
76Stork, Yellow-billedMycteria ibis12.003   
208Swamphen, African PurplePorphyrio madagascariensis14.6220  
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha222.3698   
290Tern, CaspianSterna caspia19.6768 6820
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo111.8032   
299Tern, LittleSterna albifrons139.56117   
298Tern, SwiftSterna bergii33.003   
10009Tern, UnidentifiedN/A N/A2105.86526
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida197.5725315075100
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus120.3188   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus15.3822   
232Turnstone, RuddyArenaria interpres22.002   
112Vulture, Palm-nutGypohierax angolensis11.001
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A126.56142
685Wagtail, African PiedMotacilla aguimp11.332
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis13.439
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