Today we introduce a new Birdorable bird, the Cape Vulture, in honor of International Vulture Awareness Day. Like many vulture species across the globe, the Cape Vulture is in trouble, designated as a Vulnerable species by BirdLife International. The total population is estimated at between... Read more »
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 & Statistics
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).