Black Harrier Circus maurus

Family: Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles)

Authority: (Temminck, 1828)

Red List Category

Criteria: D1

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Justification of Red List category
This species is classified as Vulnerable, despite its huge range, because it has a very small population. This and its virtual disappearance from agricultural lowlands make it highly reliant on protected areas in its core breeding range. The species may warrant future uplisting pending further information regarding potential continuing declines.

Population size: 251-999

Population trend: Stable

Distribution size (breeding/resident): 1,340,000 km2

Country endemic: No

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2017) Species factsheet: Circus maurus. Downloaded from on 24/06/2017. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2017) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 24/06/2017.