Black Crowned Crane Balearica pavonina

Family: Gruidae (Cranes)

Authority: (Linnaeus, 1758)

Red List Category

Criteria: A4bcd

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Justification of Red List category
This species is classified as Vulnerable as recent surveys have shown a rapid population decline which is predicted to continue into the future, primarily due to habitat loss and trapping for domestication or illegal international trade. However, trend data for the eastern sub-population is poorly known, and should the worst-case scenario for B. p. ceciliae prove to be accurate this species may warrant uplisting in the future.

Population size: 28000-47000

Population trend: Decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 6,510,000 km2

Country endemic: No

Land-mass type - continent
Realm - Afrotropical
Realm - Palearctic
IUCN Ecosystem -- Freshwater biome
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome
IUCN Ecosystem -- Marine biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Balearica pavonina. Downloaded from on 28/09/2023. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 28/09/2023.