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Mfolozi Estuary (28243225)

KwaZulu-Natal

CWAC status REGISTERED-COUNTED REGULARLY
Authority Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
Management status PROVINCIAL GAME/NATURE RESERVE
Conservation status PROTECTED
IBA information SA058 - LAKE ST LUCIA & MKUZE SWAMPS
Ramsar information
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Date_registered
1997-07-18
Brief_description
The mouth of the Mfolozi River, with open water, open shoreline, mudflats and some mangroves. The only count available (winter 1997) shows a typical bird species diversity for such habitat and includes small numbers of White and Pinkbacked Pelicans. Known threats (siltation, dredging and development) have only slight negative impacts. The Mfolozi swamps, on the alluvial plain of the Lower Mfolozi River, although severely reduced and modified by agricultural development and afforestation, still constitute a significant palustrine wetland system the avifauna of which requires urgent investigation.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
IBA
RAMSAR
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta119.8664  
50Cormorant, ReedPhalacrocorax africanus14.3311   
47Cormorant, White-breastedPhalacrocorax carbo11.865   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa11.502   
100Duck, White-facedDendrocygna viduata1769.50122   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata613.0020   
58Egret, GreatEgretta alba13.5713   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta11.936   
149Fish-eagle, AfricanHaliaeetus vocifer11.884
86Flamingo, GreaterPhoenicopterus ruber110110.00110   
44Gannet, CapeMorus capensis12.504
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiacus11.252   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis25.509   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia18.5970   
288Gull, Grey-headedLarus cirrocephalus129.59146   
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus13.407   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath11.333   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea17.8435   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus14.0010   
84Ibis, HadedaBostrychia hagedash23.254   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maximus11.001
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis11.703
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus11.502   
172Osprey, OspreyPandion haliaetus44.004
894Oystercatcher, EurasianHaematopus ostralegus11.001
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus729.0063   
41Pelican, Pink-backedPelecanus rufescens15.0010   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula333.13100   
273Plover, CrabDromas ardeola11.001 
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola11.502   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius22.002   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris118.1764   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus129.13214 125180
256Ruff, RuffPhilomachus pugnax11.001  
255Sanderling, SanderlingCalidris alba112.8330   
981Sandpiper, Broad-billedLimicola falcinellus11.001
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos13.5013  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea6146.73645  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis12.004   
257Sandpiper, TerekXenus cinereus22.002 
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba19.7028   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus12.7513  
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta159.25226   
77Stork, Woolly-neckedCiconia episcopus12.335   
76Stork, Yellow-billedMycteria ibis113.3055   
99Teal, HottentotAnas hottentota5050.0050   
290Tern, CaspianSterna caspia19.2631  20
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo3430.671800   
297Tern, Lesser CrestedSterna bengalensis313.3322   
299Tern, LittleSterna albifrons1248.90931 500490
296Tern, SandwichSterna sandvicensis1129.29500   
295Tern, SootySterna fuscata11.502
298Tern, SwiftSterna bergii179.52400 250200
10009Tern, UnidentifiedN/A N/A2418.671400
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida5858.0058   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus33.003   
232Turnstone, RuddyArenaria interpres11.502   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A1135.70518
685Wagtail, African PiedMotacilla aguimp11.001
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis11.172
268Whimbrel, CommonNumenius phaeopus17.6218   
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