Blue Crane Anthropoides paradiseus

Family: Gruidae (Cranes)

Authority: (Lichtenstein, 1793)

Red List Category

Criteria: A3cde

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Justification of Red List category
This species has declined, largely owing to direct poisoning, power-line collisions and loss of its grassland breeding habitat owing to afforestation, mining, agriculture and development. Although probably stable at present, a variety of threats, particularly habitat loss and degradation, but also including power line collisions, wind farms, and capture for trade, could easily trigger future declines unless appropriate conservation measures are implemented. It is therefore listed as Vulnerable because it is suspected that it may undergo a rapid decline in the future.

Population size: 17000

Population trend: Stable

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 2,030,000 km2

Country endemic: No

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Species factsheet: Anthropoides paradiseus. Downloaded from on 20/10/2021. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2021) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 20/10/2021.