Rufous Fishing-owl Scotopelia ussheri

Family: Strigidae (Typical Owls)

Authority: Sharpe, 1871

Red List Category

Criteria: C2a(i)

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Justification of Red List category
This species has a larger population is larger than was once thought, however the population size is still estimated to be small and severely fragmented, and is suspected to be in decline owing to habitat loss, persecution and disturbance, amongst other potential threats. Its is therefore classified as Vulnerable. It is very likely that its future survival will depend on populations in protected areas, which presently receive inadequate management and protection.

Population size: 2500-9999

Population trend: Decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 466,000 km2

Country endemic: No

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Species factsheet: Scotopelia ussheri. Downloaded from on 27/11/2021. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2021) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 27/11/2021.