Northern Bald Ibis Geronticus eremita
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Family: Threskiornithidae (Ibises, Spoonbills)

Authority: (Linnaeus, 1758)

Red List Category

Criteria: C2a(ii)

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Justification of Red List category
This species has undergone a long-term decline and now has an extremely small population, with over 95% of truly wild birds concentrated in one subpopulation in Morocco. Numbers are currently increasing owing to management actions and consequent improved breeding success. However, this gradual improvement in its status in Morocco has not yet led to an increase in the number of colonies. In Syria its population has declined dramatically in the past 30 years and is probably now extinct as a breeding population. The species is precautionarily retained as Critically Endangered for these reasons.

BirdLife Species Champion: HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco & Zeiss

BirdLife Species Guardian: General Commission for Al Badia Management and Development (Syria)

Population size: 200-249

Population trend: Decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 203,000 km2

Country endemic: No

Land-mass type - continent
Realm - Afrotropical
Realm - Palearctic
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2018) Species factsheet: Geronticus eremita. Downloaded from on 19/11/2018. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2018) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 19/11/2018.