oa Madoqua - Waders (Charadrii) and other birds on the Namib Coast: counts and conservation priorities

Volume 11, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1011-5498



Counts of waders (Charadrii) and other birds are given for a 300 km section of the coast-line of the Namib Coast, South West Africa, centred on Walvis Bay. A total of 170 000 birds (excluding cormorants) was counted in the summers 1976/77 and 1977/78. Waders totalled 83 069 of which 88,5 % were Palaearctic migrants. The most abundant wader species were sanderling Calidris alba and curlew sandpiper C. ferruginea. Terns totalled 37 000 and flamingoes 38 000.

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