New Red Data Book of Birds published

18 November 2015

2015 Eskom Red Data Book of Birds of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland coverBirdLife South Africa is pleased to announce the publication of the 2015 Eskom Red Data Book of Birds of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland, an updated and peer-reviewed conservation status assessment of the 854 bird species occurring in South Africa including the Prince Edward Islands, Lesotho and Swaziland, undertaken in collaboration between BirdLife South Africa, the Animal Demography Unit of the University of Cape Town, and the South African National Biodiversity Institute.

Of the 854 bird species assessed, 132 threatened species were considered threatened of which 47 are Near Threatened with the remaining 85 being classified as regionally Vulnerable, Endangered or Critically Endangered. Significantly the number of Critically Endangered species increased from five to 13.

The Red List produces a relative estimate of the likelihood of extinction of a taxon and is the stepping stone towards prioritising conservation efforts to save our region’s bird species.

The publication is available from the BirdLife South Africa Head Office at a cost of R 325 incl. VAT (Please contact

–  For any enquiries about the book contents or process, please contact Martin Taylor ( or Phoebe Barnard (

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Submitted by Mark Anderson at 18/11/2015 - 20:24
Thanks Phoebe Barnard for all your assistance with the Red Data Book, including your chairing of the Red Data Book Steering Committee.

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