VU
Shoebill Balaeniceps rex



Family: Balaenicipitidae (Shoebill)

Authority: Gould, 1850

Red List Category

Criteria: C2a(ii)

Click here for more information about the Red List categories and criteria

Justification of Red List category
This rare and localised species is listed as Vulnerable because it is estimated to have a single small population within a broad extent of occurrence. The population is undergoing a continuing decline owing to hunting, nesting disturbance and the modification and burning of its habitat.



Population size: 3300-5300

Population trend: Decreasing

Distribution size (breeding/resident): 2,360,000 km2

Country endemic: No

Attributes
Land-mass type - continent
Realm - Afrotropical
IUCN Ecosystem -- Freshwater biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Balaeniceps rex. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 08/12/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 08/12/2016.