Shoebill Balaeniceps rex

Family: Balaenicipitidae (Shoebill)

Authority: Gould, 1850

Red List Category

Criteria: C2a(ii)

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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 mature individuals

Population trend: decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 2,360,000 km2

Country endemic: no

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Balaeniceps rex. Downloaded from on 08/12/2023.
Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 08/12/2023.