Archived 2010-2011 topics: Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus): request for information

Hooded Vulture Necrosyrtes monachus is listed as Least Concern on ths basis that it does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under any of the IUCN criteria.

BirdLife International is aware that concerns have been expressed over this species’s status on the African Raptors listserver group since at least May 2010. In light of such concerns, information is requested on this species’s status. Up-to-date estimates of population sizes at the national, regional or global level would be very useful; however, information on the likely rate of decline at any of these scales is regarded as particularly important, and details of likely threats and their impacts will also assist in the evaluation of this species’s status. To qualify as threatened under the A criteria, a decline in this species’s population must be observed, estimated, inferred or suspected in the past, future, or both, at a rate of at least 30% over 53 years (estimate of three generations) for Vulnerable and at least 50% over 53 years for Endangered. A rate of decline approaching 30% over 53 years would make the species eligible for uplisting to Near Threatened.

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3 Responses to Archived 2010-2011 topics: Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus): request for information

  1. Hugo Rainey says:

    From 1998-2002 this species was quite abundant in areas inhabited by the Akan ethnic group in eastern Cote d’Ivoire and western Ghana, even being found in towns and villages in many areas. It was absent from much of the rest of Cote d’Ivoire and not often seen in much of forested Ghana. Does anyone have more recent information on this species in this region of Upper Guinea?

  2. Darcy Ogada says:

    I was one of the people responsible for the comments about this species on the Africanraptors list-serv. Together with a colleague we solicited information on this species across its African range. We have written a manuscript (which is currently in review) titled Large declines of the Hooded Vulture Necrosyrtes monachus across its African range, which is based on information solicited from list serv members and published/unpublished reports. Because the manuscript is in review obviously I cannot make it widely available as yet. Here is part of the abstract:
    Despite the variation in data quality, trends from each African region suggest dramatic population declines (mean: 62% range: 45–78%) over the past 40–50 years. Some declines were documented in 20 years or less, indicating declines may be occurring rapidly in some areas. The major threats include poisoning, illegal trade in traditional medicine and bushmeat, and persecution. Based on quantitative rates of declines for each region, a revised population estimate for the species is a maximum of 197 000 individuals. We recommend that the Hooded Vulture is up-listed to Endangered under the IUCN Red List criteria.

  3. Wouter Rommens says:

    I was recently (march) in Accra, Ghana and was surprised that Hooded vulture was still so common in and around the city centre.
    Birds were daily seen with numbers of 4-8 in the central city. 15 birds were seen near the airport, hereby sometimes resting on the buildings and trees.

    Best regards

    Wouter Rommens

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