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Gyps coprotheres (Cape Vulture)

Wikipedia Abstract

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 nests on cliffs and lays one egg per year.This large vulture is dark brown except for the pale wing coverts.
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Endangered Species

Status: Endangered
View IUCN Record: Gyps coprotheres

EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
4
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
41
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 4.04451
EDGE Score: 3.00459

Attributes

Adult Weight [1]  20.61 lbs (9.35 kg)
Birth Weight [2]  240 grams
Diet [3]  Carnivore (Vertebrates)
Diet - Scavenger [3]  100 %
Forages - Ground [3]  100 %
Clutch Size [4]  1
Incubation [1]  56 days
Wing Span [5]  8.4 feet (2.56 m)

Ecoregions

Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Use
Albany thickets South Africa Afrotropic Mediterranean Forests, Woodlands, and Scrub
Angolan Mopane woodlands Angola, Namibia Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Drakensberg alti-montane grasslands and woodlands South Africa Afrotropic Montane Grasslands and Shrublands
Drakensberg montane grasslands, woodlands and forests South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho Afrotropic Montane Grasslands and Shrublands
Eastern Miombo woodlands Tanzania, Mozambique Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Eastern Zimbabwe montane forest-grassland mosaic Zimbabwe, Mozambique Afrotropic Montane Grasslands and Shrublands
Etosha Pan halophytics Namibia Afrotropic Flooded Grasslands and Savannas
Highveld grasslands South Africa Afrotropic Montane Grasslands and Shrublands
Kalahari Acacia-Baikiaea woodlands Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, South Africa Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Kalahari xeric savanna Botswana, Namibia, South Africa Afrotropic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Knysna-Amatole montane forests South Africa Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
KwaZulu-Cape coastal forest mosaic South Africa Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Lowland fynbos and renosterveld South Africa Afrotropic Mediterranean Forests, Woodlands, and Scrub
Maputaland coastal forest mosaic Mozambique, Swaziland, South Africa Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Maputaland-Pondoland bushland and thickets South Africa Afrotropic Montane Grasslands and Shrublands
Montane fynbos and renosterveld South Africa Afrotropic Mediterranean Forests, Woodlands, and Scrub
Nama Karoo Namibia, South Africa Afrotropic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Southern Africa bushveld Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Southern Africa mangroves South Africa, Mozambique Afrotropic Mangroves
Southern Miombo woodlands Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Southern Zanzibar-Inhambane coastal forest mosaic Mozambique, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Succulent Karoo Namibia, South Africa Afrotropic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Zambezian and Mopane woodlands South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Namibia, Malawi Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Zambezian coastal flooded savanna Mozambique Afrotropic Flooded Grasslands and Savannas
Zambezian flooded grasslands Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia Afrotropic Flooded Grasslands and Savannas
Zambezian halophytics Mozambique, Botswana Afrotropic Flooded Grasslands and Savannas

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Addo Elephant National Park II 348463 Eastern Cape, South Africa
Bontebok National Park II 8315 Western Cape, South Africa
Etosha National Park II 5699141 Namibia  
Golden Gate Highlands National Park II 28689 Free State, South Africa
Hwange National Park II 3651385 Zimbabwe  
Kalahari Gemsbok National Park II 2382284 Northern Cape, South Africa
Kruger National Park II 4718115 Mpumalanga, South Africa
Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Reserve   Mpumalanga, South Africa  
Lapalala Wilderness Nature Reserve 88958 Limpopo, South Africa
Malolotja Nature Reserve IV 42044 Swaziland  
Marakele National Park II 163507 Limpopo, South Africa
Mlawula Nature Reserve IV 46444 Swaziland  
Mountain Zebra National Park II 60944 Eastern Cape, South Africa
Waterberg Biosphere Reserve 1024427 Limpopo, South Africa  
Weenen Nature Reserve   Kwazulu Natal, South Africa  
Wilderness National Park II 5929 Western Cape, South Africa  

Important Bird Areas

BirdLife Species Factsheet: View Factsheet
Name Location  IBA Criteria   Website   Climate   Land Use 
Blouberg vulture colonies South Africa A1, A4ii
Blyde river canyon South Africa A1, A2, A3, A4ii
Changelane river gorge Mozambique A1, A2, A3
Collywobbles vulture colony South Africa A1, A4ii
De Hoop Nature Reserve South Africa A1, A2, A3, A4i, A4iii
Golden Gate Highlands and Qwaqwa National Parks South Africa A1, A2, A3, A4i, A4ii
Greater Ingwangwana river South Africa A1
Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park South Africa A1, A2, A3
Hwange National Park Zimbabwe A3
Kruger National Park and adjacent areas South Africa A1, A3, A4i
KwaZulu-Natal mistbelt grasslands South Africa A1, A4i
Liqobong Lesotho A1, A2, A3
Mafika: Lisiu Lesotho A1, A2, A3, A4ii
Magaliesberg and Witwatersberg South Africa A1, A4i, A4ii
Mannyelanong Hill Botswana A1, A4ii
Maputo Special Reserve Mozambique A1, A2, A3
Mkambati Nature Reserve South Africa A1, A2, A3, A4ii
Natal Drakensberg Park South Africa A1, A2, A3, A4i, A4ii
Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve South Africa A1, A2, A3
Pilanesberg National Park South Africa A1
Sehlabathebe National Park Lesotho A1, A2, A3
Sehonghong and Matebeng Lesotho A1, A2, A3, A4ii
Soutpansberg South Africa A1, A2, A3, A4ii
Sterkfontein Dam Nature Reserve South Africa A1, A2, A3
Tswapong Hills Botswana A1, A4ii
Umtamvuna Nature Reserve South Africa A1, A2, A3, A4ii
Upper Quthing Valley Lesotho A1, A2, A3, A4ii
Upper Senqu River Lesotho A1, A2, A3, A4ii
Wabai Hill (Debshan Ranch) Zimbabwe A1, A4ii
Waterberg Plateau Park Namibia A1, A3
Waterberg system South Africa A1, A4ii

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Cape Floristic Region South Africa No
Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland No
Succulent Karoo Namibia, South Africa No

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

    Maps
Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Albuquerque Biological Park
Cango Wildlife Ranch
Cheyenne Mtn Zoological Park
Johannesburg Zoological Gardens
Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Montecasino Bird Gardens
Nat'l Zoological Gardens of S. Africa
St. Augustine Alligator Farm
The Anne van Dyk Cheetah Centre
Toledo Zoological Gardens
Umgeni River Bird Park

Range Map

Photos

Citations

Attributes / relations provided by
1del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
2Terje Lislevand, Jordi Figuerola, and Tamás Székely. 2007. Avian body sizes in relation to fecundity, mating system, display behavior, and resource sharing. Ecology 88:1605
3Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
4Jetz W, Sekercioglu CH, Böhning-Gaese K (2008) The Worldwide Variation in Avian Clutch Size across Species and Space PLoS Biol 6(12): e303. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060303
5National Geographic Magazine - January 2016 - Vultures - Elizabeth Royte
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
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Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Weather provided by NOAA METAR Data Access