Corporations threaten South African birds


This is a video of a sanderling.

From BirdLife:

Iron grip closes on Langebaan lagoon

01-09-2008

BirdLife South Africa (BirdLife in South Africa) says time is running out for the Langebaan Lagoon – one of it’s most precious Ramsar sites, and part of the West Coast National Park and Saldanha Bay islands Important Bird Area (IBA).

Langebaan Lagoon is the most important wetland for waders in South Africa, regularly accounting for around 10% of South Africa’s coastal wader numbers. The lagoon can support more than 37,500 non-passerine waterbirds in summer, of which 34,500 are waders, 93% of which are Palearctic migrants.

Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola, Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea, Sanderling C. alba, Red Knot C. canutus and Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres are the major components of the summer wader assemblage. The coastal strandveld supports several restricted-range and biome-restricted species, including the recently described Long-billed Lark Certhilauda curvirostris.

In winter, the lagoon regularly supports more than 10,500 birds, of which 4,500 are Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus and 4,000 are waders.

BirdLife South Africa reports that this important Western Cape wetland is now plagued by port expansion, sewerage pollution, urban development and tourism infrastructure development, and may lose its conservation status as a important site for South Africa’s breeding coastal birds.

See also here.

South African bird islands: here.

The African penguin (Spheniscus demersus) is part of a genus with four species: here.

The African Penguin population has declined 60% in nearly 30 years: here.

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