Species

Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) © Sergey Dereliev, www.dereliev-photography.com

 

AEWA covers 255 species of birds ecologically dependent on wetlands for at least part of their annual cycle, including many species of divers, grebes, pelicans, cormorants, herons, storks, rails, ibises, spoonbills, flamingos, ducks, swans, geese, cranes, waders, gulls, terns, tropic birds, auks, frigate birds and even the south African penguin.

All AEWA species cross international boundaries during their migrations and require good quality habitat for breeding as well as a network of suitable sites to support their annual journeys. International cooperation across their entire migratory range, as provided by AEWA, is therefore essential for the conservation and management of migratory waterbird populations and the habitats on which they depend.

 

Common name Scientific name Family CMS Instruments
Black Heron Egretta ardesiaca Ardeidae AEWA
Slaty Egret Egretta vinaceigula Ardeidae AEWA , CMS
Slaty Egret Egretta vinaceigula Ardeidae AEWA , CMS
Black-headed Heron Ardea melanocephala Ardeidae AEWA
Madagascar Pond-heron Ardeola idae Ardeidae AEWA , CMS
Madagascar Pond-heron Ardeola idae Ardeidae AEWA , CMS
Rufous-bellied Heron Ardeola rufiventris Ardeidae AEWA , CMS
Rufous-bellied Heron Ardeola rufiventris Ardeidae AEWA , CMS
Dwarf Bittern Ixobrychus sturmii Ardeidae AEWA , CMS
Dwarf Bittern Ixobrychus sturmii Ardeidae AEWA , CMS
Yellow-billed Stork Mycteria ibis Ciconiidae AEWA , CMS
Yellow-billed Stork Mycteria ibis Ciconiidae AEWA , CMS
Black Stork Ciconia nigra Ciconiidae AEWA , CMS
Black Stork Ciconia nigra Ciconiidae AEWA , CMS
Abdim’s Stork Ciconia abdimii Ciconiidae AEWA
African Woollyneck Ciconia microscelis Ciconiidae AEWA , CMS
African Woollyneck Ciconia microscelis Ciconiidae AEWA , CMS
Marabou Leptoptilos crumenifer Ciconiidae AEWA
Shoebill Balaeniceps rex Balaenicipitidae AEWA
Northern Bald Ibis Geronticus eremita Threskiornithidae AEWA , CMS
Northern Bald Ibis Geronticus eremita Threskiornithidae AEWA , CMS
African Spoonbill Platalea alba Threskiornithidae AEWA , CMS
African Spoonbill Platalea alba Threskiornithidae AEWA , CMS
Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor Phoenicopteridae AEWA
Fulvous Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna bicolor Anatidae AEWA , CMS