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Groenvlei Lake (34012252)

Western Cape

Authority Cape Nature
Management status UNKNOWN
Conservation status UNKNOWN
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The only South African drowned deflation basin lake, with no stream inflow and with seepage outlets to the sea. Extensive fringing and emergent sedgemarsh and reedmarsh, with surrounding rank grassland. Existing counts are too few and too restricted to reflect the site''s importance: it may hold significant numbers of Redchested Flufftail and other secretive rails, and of Little Bittern, while the uncommon Grass Owl occurs. Threats include uncontrolled burning, eutrophication, alien vegetation, and increasing Phragmites cover at the expense of other marsh vegetation, possibly due to cessation of grazing.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
67Bittern, LittleIxobrychus minutus12.006   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata85329.131123   
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis132.7561   
50Cormorant, ReedPhalacrocorax africanus163.07175   
47Cormorant, White-breastedPhalacrocorax carbo119.8588   
203Crake, BlackAmaurornis flavirostris14.3414
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa115.1875   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa11.001   
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus11.712   
100Duck, White-facedDendrocygna viduata22.503   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata16.7025   
61Egret, CattleBubulcus ibis12.506   
58Egret, GreatEgretta alba11.001   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta11.503   
149Fish-eagle, AfricanHaliaeetus vocifer11.918
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiacus12.145   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis19.3651   
5Grebe, Black-neckedPodiceps nigricollis110.5020   
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus19.56535025 
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis458.91302 250 
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus13.2412   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala11.502   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea11.292   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea14.3812   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus22.002   
84Ibis, HadedaBostrychia hagedash13.9414   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maximus11.453
397Kingfisher, MalachiteAlcedo cristata13.8117
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis13.3213
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus12.636   
167Marsh-harrier, AfricanCircus ranivorus11.603
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus15.0037   
74Openbill, AfricanAnastomus lamelligerus11.001   
172Osprey, OspreyPandion haliaetus11.001
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris44.004   
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens12.206
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana99.009   
94Shoveler, CapeAnas smithii22.002   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba12.003   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus33.003  
208Swamphen, African PurplePorphyrio madagascariensis17.2116  
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis33.003   
99Teal, HottentotAnas hottentota12.406   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha11.001   
290Tern, CaspianSterna caspia12.207   
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo114.5034   
10009Tern, UnidentifiedN/A N/A11.001
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus12.003   
0Unknown, UnknownN/A N/A821.8647
685Wagtail, African PiedMotacilla aguimp33.003
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis12.5610
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Tuesday 19 November 2019 05:52
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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