Three SA bird species under threat

2012-06-14 11:32

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.

  • vlarismam - 2012-06-14 12:05

    Am I missing something? Please explain what the vultures in Rio has to do with this article?

      Rory - 2012-06-14 12:24

      Dunno, its also not flying either, so I guess we have to point fingers at whoever wrothe this article - SAPA.

      Deon - 2012-06-14 12:57

      They might as well shown us a few 2 legged "birds", some of them also turns into vultures.

      ina.cripps - 2012-06-14 13:31

      Am I missing something? Nowhere do I see any mention of Rio in the article?

      Deon - 2012-06-14 13:43

      You missed the photo of the vultures Ina.

      Harley - 2012-06-14 13:46

      @ina.cripps, the picture is from a landfill in Rio. @Deon, all birds have two legs

      Ron - 2012-06-14 14:55

      @Harley, I think Deon is referring to the double-breasted secretary bird.

      Peter - 2012-06-14 15:18

      The double-breasted matress thrasher.....

      William - 2012-06-15 04:43

      The real vultures are so endangered that they had no photos of them. SO they had to take some of vultures in Brazil

  • Phae - 2012-06-14 12:27

    This is beyond distressing! We are a disgusting species to continue to obliterate precious creatures with our poisons and superstitions. Most humans have no regard for other life forms, they live as if their right to comfort and support for their cocked up ideas of happiness takes precedence over all else. How stupid are we? We have become parasites about to destroy our host!

      jrdevilliers - 2012-06-14 15:54

      I agree Phae, most people are very short sighted and are consumed by materialism and greed! Whist we have had the ability to manufacture technologies, we have not had the ability to anticipate the accumulative consequences of its use, environmental degradation, loss of tropical rainforests, mass extinction of our fellow Earthlings and the biggest issue of all HUMAN OVERPOPULATION! Like you said, humans are a parasite thats are about to destroy its host.

  • Travis - 2012-06-14 13:00

    very sad

  • Stephen - 2012-06-14 16:28

    Can't wait for the Egyptian Geese, Indian Manah's and Hadida's to also suffer the same fate.

      Phae - 2012-06-14 21:22

      Hopefully poeple like you will go, so they don't have to.

  • MiloT77 - 2012-06-14 17:09

    Would have help if News 24 actually displayed an accurate picture of one of the bird species mentioned in the article. Whitebacks dont cross the ocean to South America. Looks lazy....

  • mark.anderson.7161 - 2012-06-14 17:21

    My organization, BirdLife South Africa, prepared the media release (but did not provide the photo!). It is unfortunate that we are seeing more bird species with declining populations and contracting ranges. We are currently revising the regional Red Data Book, which sadly currenty lists 125 species (of 844, so c. 15%) in various extinction risk categories. As the only dedicated bird conservation NGO in South Africa, we are doing all we can to protect threatened species and to conserve Important Bird Areas. There's lots of information on our website ( I am always happy to hear from people and/or organizations who are interested in supporting our conservation work.

  • farmfreund - 2012-06-14 19:32

    The Farmers are also near-threatened to endangered. by African vultures.

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