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White-backed Vulture Gyps africanus



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Red List Category

Criteria: A2bcd+3bcd+4bcd

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Justification of Red List category
This species has declined severely in parts of its range and overall it is suspected to have undergone a very rapid decline owing to habitat loss and conversion to agro-pastoral systems, declines in wild ungulate populations, hunting for trade, persecution, collisions and poisoning. These declines are likely to continue into the future. Recently published data suggests these declines are even more serious than previously thought. For this reason it has been uplisted to Critically Endangered.


Population size: mature individuals

Population trend: Decreasing

Distribution size (breeding/resident): 11,300,000 km2

Country endemic: No

Attributes
Realm - Afrotropical - realm
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome
Raptors MOU - Species listed under annex 1 of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Gyps africanus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 03/12/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 03/12/2016.