Cape Cormorant Phalacrocorax capensis

Family: Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants)

Authority: (Sparrman, 1789)

Red List Category

Criteria: A2bc+3bc+4bc

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Justification of Red List category

This species is Endangered as key colonies in South Africa and Namibia have undergone rapid population declines over the past three generations. Declines are primarily believed to have been driven by collapsing epipelagic fish stocks, but the species is also susceptible to oiling and avian cholera outbreaks. This trend currently shows no sign of reversing, and immediate conservation action is required to prevent further declines. 

Population size: 234000

Population trend: Decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 1,060,000 km2

Country endemic: No

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Phalacrocorax capensis. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/cape-cormorant-phalacrocorax-capensis on 09/06/2023. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org on 09/06/2023.