Fauna Recorded on Monavale Vlei

Side-Striped Jackal Canis adustus
Serval Felis serval
Cape Clawless Otter Aonyx capensis
Common Duiker Sylvicapra grimmia
Reedbuck Redunca arundinum
Bushpig Potamochoerus porcus
Scrub Hare Lepus saxatilis
Slender Mongoose Galerella sanguinea
Bats (various)

Giant Gambian Rat Cricetomys gambianus
Greater Canerat Thryonomys swinderianus
Striped Mouse Rhabdomys pumilio
House Rat Rattus rattus
Common Molerat Cryptomys hottentotus
Various other unidentified spp

Python Python sebae
Brown House Snake Boaedon fuliginosus
Olive Grass Snake Psammophis sibilans
Egyptian Cobra Naja naje annulifera
Herald Snake Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia
Cape Wolf Snake Lycophidion capense
Purple-glossed Snake Amblyodipsas polylepis
Angolan Green Water Snake Philothamnus angolensis
Three-striped Grass Snake Psammophylax tritaeniatus
Schlegel’s Blind Snake Typhlops schlegelii
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Cape Skink Mabuya capensis
Cape Gecko
Flap-necked Chameleon Chamaeleonidae dilepis dilepis
Terrapin Pelusios sp
Leopard Tortoise Geochelone pardalis
Common Hinged Tortoise Kinixys belliana

Common River Frog Rana angolensis
Banded Rubber Frog Phrynomantis bifasciatus
Long-snouted Reed Frog Hyperolius nasutus
Guttural Toad Bufo guttyralis
Bullfrog Pyxicephalus adspersus
Puddle Frog Phrynobatrachus sp
Bubbling Cassina Cassina senegalensis
Various other unidentified spp

Barbs Barbus Sp

Monavale Vlei Bird List


This list covers all the birds seen and recorded at Monavale Vlei and Fringes since 1950’s. Some species are no longer seen but are kept on the list to indicate changes.

Reed Cormorant
Grey Heron
Black-headed Heron
Purple Heron
Great Egret
Little Egret
Yellow-billed Egret
Cattle Egret
Little Bittern
Dwarf Bittern
White Stork
Black Stork
Abdim’s Stork
Woolley-necked Stork
Maribou Stork
African Openbill
African Sacred Ibis
African Spoonbill
White-faced Duck
Egyptian Goose
African Black Duck
Red-billed Teal
African Pygmy Goose
Comb Duck
Black Kite
Yellow-billed Kite
Black-shouldered Kite
African Cuckoo Hawk
European Honey Buzzard
Wahlberg’s Eagle
Long-crested Eagle
Brown Snake Eagle
Black-chested Snake Eagle
African Fish Eagle
Steppe Buzzard
Lizard Buzzard
Ovambo Sparrowhawk
Little Sparrowhawk
Black Sparrowhawk
Gabar Goshawk
Western Marsh Harrier
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African Marsh Harrier
Montagu’s Harrier
African Harrier-hawk
Peregrine Falcon
Lanner Falcon
Eurasian Hobby
Amur Falcon
Greater Kestrel
Lesser Kestrel
Swainson’s Spurfowl
Harlequin Quail
Blue Quail
Helmeted Guineafowl
Small Buttonquail
Black-rumped Buttonquail
African Rail
African Crake
Black Crake
Spotted Crake
Baillon’s Crake
Striped Crake
Red-chested Flufftail
Streaky-breasted Flufftail
Allen’s Gallinule
Common Moorhen
Lesser Moorhen
Greater Painted Snipe
Three-banded Plover
Crowned Lapwing
Blacksmith Lapwing
African Wattled Lapwing
Wood Sandpiper
Spotted Thick-knee
Temminck’s Courser
Rock Pigeon
Red-eyed Dove
Cape Turtle Dove
Laughing Dove
Namaqua Dove
Meyer’s Parrot
Purple-crested Turaco
Grey Go-away Bird
African Cuckoo
Red-chested Cuckoo
Great Spotted Cuckoo
Levaillant’s Cuckoo
Klaas’s Cuckoo
Diederik Cuckoo
Black Coucal
Senegal Coucal
Barn Owl
African Grass Owl
Marsh Owl
Southern White-faced Scops Owl
Spotted Eagle Owl
Fiery-necked Nightjar
Pennant-winged Nightjar
Common Swift