Cape Vulture

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 04 September 2010
Scientific Name
Gyps coprotheres
  • Falconiformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Gyps
  • G. coprotheres
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Conservation Status
Endangered (as of 20 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
39 inches
95 inches
336 ounces


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

Czech (Cesky) sup kapský
Danish (Dansk) Kapgrib
Dutch (Nederlands) Kaapse Gier
Finnish (Suomi) kapinkorppikotka
French (Français) Vautour chassefiente
German (Deutsch) Kapgeier
Italian (Italiano) Avvoltoio del Capo
Japanese (日本語) ケアプシロエリハゲワシ (keapushiroerihagewashi)
Norwegian (Norsk) Kappgribb
Polish (Polski) sep przyladkowy
Russian (русский язык) Капский гриф
Spanish (Español) Buitre de El Cabo
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