Species

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

 

AEWA covers 254 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.

 

Scientific name Common name Class Order Family CMS Instruments
Ciconia abdimii Abdim’s Stork Aves Ciconiiformes Ciconiidae AEWA
Ciconia microscelis African Woollyneck Aves Ciconiiformes Ciconiidae AEWA , CMS
Leptoptilos crumenifer Marabou Stork Aves Ciconiiformes Ciconiidae AEWA
Balaeniceps rex Shoebill Aves Pelecaniformes Balaenicipitidae AEWA
Geronticus eremita Northern Bald Ibis Aves Ciconiiformes Threskiornithidae AEWA , CMS
Platalea alba African Spoonbill Aves Ciconiiformes Threskiornithidae AEWA , CMS
Phoeniconaias minor Lesser Flamingo Aves Phoenicopteriformes Phoenicopteridae AEWA
Dendrocygna bicolor Fulvous Whistling-Duck Aves Anseriformes Anatidae AEWA , CMS
Dendrocygna viduata White-Faced Whistling-Duck Aves Anseriformes Anatidae AEWA , CMS
Oxyura leucocephala White-Headed Duck Aves Anseriformes Anatidae AEWA , CMS
Oxyura maccoa Maccoa Duck Aves Anseriformes Anatidae AEWA , CMS
Cygnus olor Mute Swan Aves Anseriformes Anatidae AEWA , CMS
Cygnus cygnus Whooper Swan Aves Anseriformes Anatidae AEWA , CMS
Anser brachyrhynchus Pink-footed Goose Aves Anseriformes Anatidae AEWA , CMS
Anser erythropus Lesser White-fronted Goose Aves Anseriformes Anatidae AEWA , CMS
Branta leucopsis Barnacle Goose Aves Anseriformes Anatidae AEWA , CMS
Branta ruficollis Red-Breasted Goose Aves Anseriformes Anatidae AEWA , CMS
Alopochen aegyptiaca Egyptian Goose Aves Anseriformes Anatidae AEWA , CMS
Tadorna ferruginea Ruddy Shelduck Aves Anseriformes Anatidae AEWA , CMS
Tadorna cana South African Shelduck Aves Anseriformes Anatidae AEWA , CMS
Tadorna tadorna Common Shelduck Aves Anseriformes Anatidae AEWA , CMS
Nettapus auritus African Pygmy-goose Aves Anseriformes Anatidae AEWA , CMS
Mareca penelope Eurasian Wigeon Aves Anseriformes Anatidae AEWA , CMS
Anas crecca Common Teal Aves Anseriformes Anatidae AEWA , CMS
Anas capensis Cape Teal Aves Anseriformes Anatidae AEWA , CMS