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Cape Vulture

Gyps coprotheres The Cape Griffon or Cape Vulture (Gyps coprotheres), also known as Kolbe’s Vulture, is an Old World vulture in the family Accipitridae, which also includes eagles, kites, buzzards and hawks. It is endemic to southern Africa, and is found mainly in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana and in some parts of northern Namibia. It […]

Bearded Vulture

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Gypaetus barbatus meridionalis The Bearded Vulture is listed as endangered in the Southern African Red Data Book due to its small and declining population size, restricted range, range contraction, and the susceptibility to several threats in Lesotho and South Africa (BirdLife, 2004).  Its red data status and the lack of data on current population size […]

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This species has been uplisted to Endangered as recent research has suggested that the population has undergone a very rapid population decline due to collisions with power lines, a trend which is set to continue into the future as successful mitigation measures are yet to be implemented. Research is urgently required to assess the current […]

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Black harrier

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Globally Vulnerable, Endangered in Namibia and Near-threatened in South Africa. Outside of protected areas it is largely reliant on the remnants of natural vegetation in agricultural land. Among South Africa’s rarest breeding endemics, the Black Harrier Circus maurus  has a global population of only about 1500 birds. It breeds only in South Africa, where its […]

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Verreaux’s Eagle (Aquila verreauxii), alternatively known as the Black Eagle Description It is 75 to 96 cm long. Males weigh 3 to 4.2 kg and females weigh 3.1 to 5.8 kg. It has a wingspan of 1.81 to 2.2 m It is black with a distinct white V marking on its back. Juveniles are usually […]

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The Blue Crane

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Sectretary Bird

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The Secretarybird or Secretary Bird (Sagittarius serpentarius) is a large, mostly terrestrial bird of prey. Endemic to Africa, it is usually found in the open grasslands and savannah of the sub-Sahara. Although a member of the order Accipitriformes, which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as kites, buzzards, vultures, and harriers, it is given […]

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Cape cormorant

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Near-endemic to southern Africa, occurring along the coast of Angola, Namibia, and the west coast of South Africa;  the Cape cormorant (Phalacrocorax capensis) becomes increasingly scarce as you travel east up the South-African coastline. It generally prefers estuaries and coastal lagoons, roosting at areas with good protection from predators, such as islands in wetlands or open […]

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