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Rooipoort Nature Reserve: Volstruispan (28402410)

Northern Cape

Authority Northern Cape Department of Tourism, Environment and Conservation
Conservation status PROTECTED
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A large open pan on Rooipoort Nature Reserve. Some vegetation on pan floor, mainly grasses; shoreline open, providing good habitat for shorebirds. Infrequently inundated (possibly full only every 10 years). Two summer and two winter counts available, showing reasonable numbers of a relatively good variety of waterfowl and shorebirds. In summer, small to moderate numbers of Palearctic waders recorded, together with a few Avocet, and a good number of Blackwinged Stilt in summer 1997; in winter fewer stilt are recorded, and in 1997 there were reasonable counts of Kittlitz's and Blacksmith Plovers. A greater diversity of waterfowl has occurred in summer: 7 species, plus Redknobbed Coot; in winter 5 of those species were recorded (including 210 Egyptian Goose in 1997) and no coot. All other waterbirds occurred only in summer; 52 Glossy Ibis in 1997 are noteworthy. No threats have been identified.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta224.5062  
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata1320.5028   
216Crane, BlueAnthropoides paradiseus22.002   
91Duck, Knob-billedSarkidiornis melanotos1616.0016   
103Duck, MaccoaOxyura maccoa11.001   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A22.002
100Duck, White-facedDendrocygna viduata14.007   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata417.3339   
58Egret, GreatEgretta alba11.001   
60Egret, Yellow-billedEgretta intermedia77.007   
86Flamingo, GreaterPhoenicopterus ruber836.0075   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiacus294.89281   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis217.0034   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis1818.0018   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia1165.25211   
288Gull, Grey-headedLarus cirrocephalus22.002   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala11.001   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea22.002   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus29.6720   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus4247.0052   
84Ibis, HadedaBostrychia hagedash22.002   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus212.0022   
230Painted-snipe, GreaterRostratula benghalensis11.001  
240Plover, CaspianCharadrius asiaticus44.004   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius150.43250   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris24.006   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma336.0069   
282Pratincole, Black-wingedGlareola nordmanni11.001   
256Ruff, RuffPhilomachus pugnax27177.80445  
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos11.001  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea2424.0024  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis119.0054   
895Sandpiper, PectoralCalidris melanotos22.002
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola15.5011   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana543.83155   
94Shoveler, CapeAnas smithii38.8024   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba16.0013   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus1980.33208  
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta20171.25500   
75Stork, Saddle-billedEphippiorhynchus senegalensis11.001   
80Stork, WhiteCiconia ciconia189189.00189   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis131.6789   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha627.2054   
10009Tern, UnidentifiedN/A N/A6565.0065
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida7171.0071   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A637.0068
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis25.6713
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