African Houbara Chlamydotis undulata

Family: Otididae (Bustards)

Authority: (Jacquin, 1784)

Red List Category

Criteria: A2cd+3cd+4cd

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Justification of Red List category
This recently split species is listed as Vulnerable because it is suspected to be in rapid decline owing mainly to hunting pressure and habitat loss and degradation. Releases of captive-bred birds may buffer the overall population against these threats; however, further research is required into the demographic consequences of such releases, and surveys are needed to assess the population trend. If it can be demonstrated that these releases have bolstered the breeding population, without detrimental genetic effects, and slowed or halted declines, then the species may warrant downlisting in future.

Population size: 13000-33000

Population trend: Decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 6,100,000 km2

Country endemic: No


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Chlamydotis undulata. Downloaded from on 29/05/2023. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 29/05/2023.