Northern Bald Ibis Geronticus eremita

Family: Threskiornithidae (Ibises, Spoonbills)

Authority: (Linnaeus, 1758)

Red List Category

Criteria: D

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Justification of Red List category
This species underwent a long-term historical decline. In Syria its population has declined dramatically over the past 30 years and is probably now extinct as a breeding population. At least 95% of truly wild birds are now concentrated in one subpopulation in Morocco. Numbers have increased owing to management actions and consequent improved breeding success, and potential new colonies have been discovered. Despite these increases the population size is still very small, and so the species is listed as Endangered.

BirdLife Species Champion: HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and ZEISS

BirdLife Species Guardian: General Commission for Al Badia Management and Development (Syria)

Population size: 200-249 mature individuals

Population trend: stable

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 203,000 km2

Country endemic: no

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Species factsheet: Geronticus eremita. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/northern-bald-ibis-geronticus-eremita on 04/03/2024.
Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2024) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org on 04/03/2024.