Little-ringed Plover- Bryn de Kocks

                                     Little-ringed Plover, third record for southern Africa, first record for South Africa.  Seen October 2017 Vermont Salt Pans near Hermanus, southern Cape. Photo Bryn de Kocks

Local and National Rarities list

By Rarities Committee - Lists updated March 2018 by Mel Tripp

If you have seen a rare bird in the Cape Town or Western Cape – Atlas Region please also report it by submitting it as an Incidental Report on SABAP 2 by filling in this online form ( It is then verified by the Committee and if it is confirmed then it is listed.

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Western Cape Local Rarities

Map regional wc rarities
Map regional Western Cape Rarities

Area south of Vanrhynsdorp and west of Nature’s Valley, bounded by the Cederberg and the Little Karoo.
The list reflects species that have been recorded in the region at least once and therefore considered rare or uncommon, but excludes National Rarities that have occurred in the Western Cape.
Any local rare bird sightings can be sent to the compiler for inclusion in the Promerops ‘Sightings’ column, email Simon Fogarty,

The SWC Atlas area refers to the area south of the Olifants River, west of the Breede River and inland to the Koue Bokkeveld. This was the area covered by the Club’s own five year atlas project, started 1985 and published 1989.

Roberts No.Bird SpeciesComment
10Wandering Albatross
32.1Spectacled Petrel
19Antarctic Fulmar
36Flesh-footed Shearwater
64Goliath Heron
66Great White Egret
69Black Egret
72Squacco Heron
74Green-backed Heron
77White-backed Night Heron
79Dwarf Bittern
80Eurasian Bittern
84Black StorkSWC atlas area - declining?
85Abdim’s Stork
86Woolly-necked Stork
87African Openbill Stork
89Marabou Stork
90Yellow-billed Stork
100Fulvous Duck
115Knob-billed Duck
121Hooded Vulture
122Cape Vulturewest of Agulhas / Stormsvlei
123White-backed Vulture
126bBlack Kite
128Cuckoo Hawk
132Tawny Eagle
133Steppe Eagle
135Wahlberg’s Eagle
137African Hawk Eagle
139Long-crested Eaglewest of George
142Brown Snake Eagle
143Black-chested Snake Eaglesouth of Klawer
147Palmnut Vulture
157Little Sparrowhawk
161Gabar Goshawk
166Montagu’s Harrier
167Pallid Harrier
173Eurasian Hobbyexcept Stellenbosch
179Western Red-footed Kestrel
180Amur Falcon
192Redwing Francolin
206Hottentot Buttonquail
209Grey Crowned Crane
212African Crake
214Spotted Crake
215Baillon’s Crake
218Buff-spotted Flufftailexcept Cape Peninsula
221Striped Flufftail
224Allen's Gallinule
227Lesser Moorhen
229African Finfoot
230Kori Bustard
232Ludwig’s Bustardirruptive range
239.1Northern Black Korhaan
242Greater Painted-snipeoccurs but not common
250Lesser Sand Plover
251Greater Sand Plover
252Caspian Plover
257Blackwinged Ploverwest of Mossel Bay
258Verreaux's Eagle Owl
287Emerald-spotted Wood Dove
291Red Phalarope
292Red-necked Phalarope
299Burchell’s Courserin SW Cape
300Temminck’s Courser
301Double-banded Courser
304Red-winged Pratincole
305Black-winged Pratincole
325Lesser Crested Tern
330Roseate Tern
334Damara Ternexcept De Mond
337Black Tern
358Emerald-spotted Wood Dove
359Tambourine Dovewest of Agulhas / Stormsvlei
374European Cuckoo
375African Cuckoo
378Black Cuckoo
380Great Spotted Cuckoo
382Jacobin Cuckoo
384Emerald CuckooSWC atlas area
393Grass Owl
395Marsh Owl
398Pearl-spotted Owlet
402Verreaux's Eagle Owl
404European Nightjar
406Rufous-cheeked Nightjar
408Freckled Nightjar
411Common Swift
416Horus Swift
421African Palm Swift
430Half-collared Kingfisher
436Grey-hooded Kingfisher
433Woodland Kingfisher
439Olive Bee-eater
440Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
443White-fronted Bee-eater
444Little Bee-eater
445Swallow-tailed Bee-eater
446European Roller
447Lilac-breasted Roller
449Purple Roller
450Broad-billed Roller
454Common Scimitarbill
460Crowned Hornbill
464Black-collared Barbet
473Crested Barbet
478Brown-backed Honeybird
489Red-throated Wryneck
510Sclater’s Lark
511Stark's Lark
527Lesser Striped Swallow
528South African Cliff Swallow
532Sand Martin
538Black Cuckooshrike
540Grey Cuckooshrike SWC atlas area
543European Golden Oriole
545Black-headed OrioleSWC atlas area
554Southern Black Tit
565Bush Blackcap
567African Red-eyed BulbulSWC atlas area
583Short-toed Rock ThrushExcept Beaufort West
612Drakensberg Rockjumper
613White-browed Scrub Robin
619Garden Warbler
620Common Whitethroat
625Icterine Warbler
633Marsh Warbler
634Sedge Warbler
643Willow WarblerSWC atlas area
665Desert Cisticola
670Wailing Cisticola
679Lazy Cisticola
689Spotted Flycatcher
711African Pied Wagtail
714Yellow Wagtail
721Rock PipitSWC atlas area
722Tree Pipit
731Lesser Grey Shrike
733Red-backed ShrikeSWC atlas area
764Cape Glossy StarlingSWC atlas area
768Black-bellied StarlingSWC atlas area
772Red-billed Oxpecker
793Collared Sunbird West of Nature's Valley
796Orange River White-eye”
799White-browed Sparrow-weaver
805Yellowthroated Sparrow
806Scalyfeathered Finch
807Thick-billed Weaver
808Dark-backed Weaver
810Spectacled Weaver
821Red-billed QueleaSWC atlas area
840African Firefinch
842Red-billed FirefinchSWC atlas area
856Red-headed FinchSWC atlas area
857Bronze Mannikin
870Black-throated CanarySWC atlas area
867Village Indigobird
869Yellow-fronted Canary
884Golden-breasted Bunting
886Cinnamon-breasted Bunting

South Africa National Rarities

The BirdLife South Africa National Rarities Committee is tasked with the evaluation of records of birds which would constitute national rarities anywhere in South Africa. The Committee, which is administered by BirdLife South Africa, currently has the following members: Trevor Hardaker (Chairman), Adam Riley, David Hoddinott, Faansie Peacock, Etienne Marais, Phil Whittington, John Graham, Athol Marchant, David Allan If you wish to have a record declared a national South African rarity, in your private capacity or through SABAP2, a formal submission must be made to the Committee by following the procedure set out on the BirdLife South Africa website

Trevor Hardaker runs the Southern Africa Rare Birds News Alerts. To join, contact Trevor on or 082 780 0376

NOTE: The latest official Full South African checklist of birds can be downloaded from the Birdlife South Africa website      This list is available in English and Afrikaans.

Roberts No.Bird Species
2King Penguin
xxMagellanic Penguin
xxGentoo Penguin
4Rockhopper Penguin
5Macaroni Penguin
xxTristan Albatross
9Southern Royal Albatross
xxNorthern Royal Albatross
13Grey-headed Albatross
xxSalvin's Albatross
xxChatham Albatross
xxBuller's Albatross
15 Sooty Albatross
16Light-mantled Sooty Albatross
20Antarctic Petrel
22Bulwer's Petrel
xxJouanin's Petrel
25White-headed Petrel
26Atlantic Petrel
xxBarau's Petrel
27Kerguelen Petrel
28Blue Petrel
29Broad-billed Prion
xxSalvin's Prion
30Slender-billed Prion
31Fairy Prion
33Grey Petrel
xxStreaked Shearwater
39Little Shearwater
40Tropical Shearwater
41Wedge-tailed Shearwater
xxBalearic Shearwater
43Leach’s Storm Petrel
45White-bellied Storm Petrel
46Black-bellied Storm Petrel
xxWhite-faced Storm Petrel
47Red-tailed Tropicbird
48White-tailed Tropicbird
51Masked Booby
xxRed-footed Booby
54Australasian Gannet
61Greater Frigatebird
xxLesser Frigatebird
xxSnowy Egret
xxWestern Reef Heron
xxLittle Blue Heron
70Slaty Egret
111Northern Shoveller
xxRuppell's Griffon
130Honey Buzzard
164European Marsh Harrier
174African Hobby
175Sooty Falcon
177Eleonora’s Falcon
225American Purple Gallinule
243Eurasian Oystercatcher
xxLittle Ringed Plover
253Pacific Golden Plover
xxAmerican Golden Plover
265Green Sandpiper
267Spotted Redshank
268Common Redshank
xxGreat Knot
275Long-toed Stint
276Red-necked Stint
277White-rumped Sandpiper
278Baird's Sandpiper
279Pectoral Sandpiper
280Temminck's Stint
282Buff-breasted Sandpiper
283Broad-billed Sandpiper
287Black-tailed Godwit
xxAsian Dowitcher
293Wilson's Phalarope
296Crab Plover
298Snowy Sheathbill
308Longtailed Skua
311South Polar Skua
313Lesser Black-backed Gull
317Franklin’s Gull
319Black-headed Gull
320Black-legged Kittiwake
332Sooty Tern
333Bridled Tern
xxElegant Tern
340Common Noddy
341Lesser Noddy
439Olive Bee-eater
xxRosy Bee-eater
491African Pitta
xxCitrine Wagtail
xxWhite Wagtail
585Northern Wheatear
603Collared Palm-Thrush
692Collared Flycatcher
715Grey Wagtail
726Golden Pipit
753Black-and-White (Vanga) Flycatcher
xxEuropean Pied Flycatcher
755Chestnut-fronted Helmet-Shrike
786Variable Sunbird
833Orange-winged Pytilia
863Broad-tailed Paradise-Whydah
902Lesser Yellowlegs
903Red-throated Pipit
905Laysan Albatross
906Greater Yellowlegs
907Pied Wheatear
908Kentish Plover
910Red-billed Tropicbird
911Eurasian Blackcap
912Greater Sheathbill
914Hudsonian Godwit
916Common Redstart
917White-throated Bee-eater
918Matsudaira's Storm Petrel
919Eurasian Turtle Dove
xxRufous-tailed Scrub Robin