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Aquatic avifauna of the coastal lakes of the Mhlathuze River system

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Abstract:

This paper provides the first attempt to bring together all published and unpublished data on the aquatic avifauna of Lakes Mzingazi, Nsezi, Cubhu and Mangeza, situated near Richards Bay in the lower reaches of the Mhlathuze River system. Whilst the amount of data located was limited, it does show that the systems support a varied and important avifauna, including a number of Red Data species. The lack of survey data for these systems is highlighted, indicating the need for a survey of available water bird habitats to be undertaken at each of the lakes. In addition, the changes that might occur in the avifauna if the lakes were exposed to water level draw-downs or rises is assessed.

Keywords: AQUATIC AVIFAUNA; COASTAL LAKES; CONSERVATION PRIORITIES; INFORMATION GAPS; REVIEW; RICHARDS BAY; SOUTH AFRICA

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2001-08-01

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