Three SA bird species under threat

2012-06-14 11:32
Vultures fly nearby at Jardim Gramacho, one of the world's largest open-air landfills, in Rio de Janeiro. (Victor R Caivano, AP)

Vultures fly nearby at Jardim Gramacho, one of the world's largest open-air landfills, in Rio de Janeiro. (Victor R Caivano, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - The International Union for Conservation in Nature 2012 Red List for birds says three bird species in South Africa are under threat, according to Birdlife South Africa, Beeld reported on Thursday.

The White-backed Vulture, the most widespread and common vulture in Africa, has been uplisted by two categories: From near-threatened to endangered.

The species is undergoing a rapid decline in population numbers and faces similar threats to all the other African vultures.

In East Africa, White-backed Vultures are primarily threatened by toxic pesticides; whereas in southern Africa they are used for the "muthi" trade.

The second species, the Grey Crowned Crane, has been uplisted from vulnerable to endangered. This species’ survival is largely threatened by habitat loss and the illegal trade of birds and eggs from the wild which has driven an especially rapid decline during the past 45 years.

The third species, the Crowned Eagle, a widespread species in sub-Saharan Africa, has been globally uplisted from least concern to near-threatened. This species is undergoing a decline due to a number of threats, including deforestation across the African continent.

Birdlife South Africa has also warned that mining activity near sensitive eco-systems is increasingly placing South Africa's birds under severe threat.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    iucn  |  environment  |  animals

linking and moving

2015-04-22 07:36 publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Argentina overpower spirited Tonga
LIVE: Ireland v Italy
As it happened: Tonga 16-45 Argentina
Betham: Future is out of my hands
Traffic Alerts

Spontaneity is the order of the day. Let go and have some fun. Try not to set too many set plans and expectations and enjoy more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.