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About the Cape Vulture

Also known as: Cape Griffon, Cape Griffon Vulture, Kolbe's Griffon, Kolbe's Vulture

Also known as the Cape Griffon Vulture or Kolbe's Vulture, this large bird is a member of the Old World vulture family. These majestic scavengers are endemic to southern Africa, and the species is considered threatened. They typically lay just one egg per year after reaching sexual maturity.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 04 September 2010
Scientific Name Gyps coprotheres
  • Falconiformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Gyps
  • G. coprotheres
Birdorable Family Vultures & Condors
Conservation Status Endangered
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 May 2017)
Measurements
Units: Imperial Metric
39 inches
95 inches
336 ounces
Range East Africa South Africa

Conservation

From IUCN Red List:
The Cape Vulture is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2015 by BirdLife International. This species has been uplisted to Endangered following new evidence that suggests its population is declining rapidly, however, recent increases in parts of its South African range mean declines are not thought to be sufficiently strong to warrant listing as Critically Endangered. Its small population is likely to continue declining unless ongoing conservation efforts, including public awareness programmes and supplementary feeding, as well as efforts to reduce the threat from powerlines, are successful (Collar and Stuart 1985).

International Names

  • sup kapský (Czech)
  • Kapgrib (Danish)
  • Kaapse Gier (Dutch)
  • kapinkorppikotka (Finnish)
  • Vautour chassefiente (French)
  • Kapgeier (German)
  • Avvoltoio del Capo (Italian)
  • ケアプシロエリハゲワシ (keapushiroerihagewashi) (Japanese)
  • Kappgribb (Norwegian)
  • sep przyladkowy (Polish)
  • Капский гриф (Russian)
  • Buitre de El Cabo (Spanish)

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