Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres

Family: Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles)

Authority: (Forster, 1798)

Red List Category

Criteria: A2acde+3cde

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Justification of Red List category
This species is listed as Endangered as its population is declining rapidly, however, recent increases in parts of its South African range mean declines are not thought to be sufficiently strong to warrant listing as Critically Endangered. Its small population is likely to continue declining unless ongoing conservation efforts, including public awareness programmes and supplementary feeding, as well as efforts to reduce the threat from powerlines, are successful (Collar and Stuart 1985). However, if the reported increases in certain areas (Benson 2015, Benson in litt. 2015, 2016) were to spread then this species may require re-assessment in the future.

Population size: 9400

Population trend: Decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 1,230,000 km2

Country endemic: No

Land-mass type - continent
Realm - Afrotropical
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome
Raptors MOU

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Species factsheet: Gyps coprotheres. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/09/2021. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2021) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/09/2021.