Cape Gannet Morus capensis
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Family: Sulidae (Gannets, Boobies)

Authority: (Lichtenstein, 1823)

Red List Category

Criteria: A2acde+3cde+4acde; B2ab(iii,iv,v)

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Justification of Red List category
This species is listed as Vulnerable since it has a very small breeding range on just six islands, and over-exploitation of its prey by human fisheries - compounded by pollution - is causing a continuous decline in the quality of surrounding waters for foraging.

Population size: 300000

Population trend: Decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 326,000 km2

Country endemic: No

Land-mass type - shelf island
Realm - Afrotropical
Realm - Oceanic
IUCN Ecosystem -- Marine biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2017) Species factsheet: Morus capensis. Downloaded from on 18/10/2017. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2017) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 18/10/2017.