White-backed Vulture Gyps africanus

Family: Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles)

Authority: Salvadori, 1865

Red List Category

Criteria: A2abcd+3bcd+4abcd

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Justification of Red List category
This species has declined severely in parts of its range. Overall it is suspected to have undergone a very rapid decline of 63-89% over three generations owing to intentional and unintentional poisoning, habitat loss and conversion to agro-pastoral systems, declines in wild ungulate populations, hunting for trade and collisions. These declines are likely to continue into the future. For this reason it is listed as Critically Endangered.

Population size: unknown

Population trend: decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 23,400,000 km2

Country endemic: no

Realm - Afrotropical
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome
Raptors MOU

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Species factsheet: Gyps africanus. Downloaded from on 01/03/2024.
Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2024) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 01/03/2024.