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- "Tens of thousands" (BirdLife International 2016)
- Population trend: decreasing (BirdLife International 2016)
- 180,000 possible; including adults and immatures (Ferguson-Lees and Christie 2001)
- Estimate based on a population density estimation of 150 individuals/km2 (or c. 388 individuals/mi2)
- Numbers likely smaller, possibly c. 100,000
- Near Threatened (2016 assessment) (Birdlife International 2016)
- Numbers suspected to have undergone moderate to rapid declines in the past 41 years (3 generations)
- Approaching the threshold for classification as vulnerable
- South African Red Data Book
- Listed as vulnerable (Barnes 2000; Brooke 1984)
Threats to Survival
Incidental poisoning and pollution (from BirdLife International 2012)
- Poisoning is the most significant contributor to declines
- Primarily attributed to a few large-scale commercial farmers
- Smaller impacts traced to tribal, small-stock farming communities
Habitat loss (from BirdLife International 2012)
- Increased proximity of nests to human settlement may impact reproductive success
Trapping for international trade (BirdLife International 2012)
Needed actions (from BirdLife International 2012)
- Implement education and awareness campaigns
- Necessary across its range to reduce the use of poisoned baits
Where Do Bateleurs Stand?
Bateleur populations are experiencing declines and are considered Near Threatened.
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BirdLife International (2012)
Ferguson-Lees and Christie (2001)
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