BLACK HARRIER

 

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Circus maurus

IUCN RED LIST (Global status): Vulnerable

RED DATA BOOK OF BIRDS (Regional status): Endangered

 

POPULATION

It’s estimated that fewer than 1000 mature Black Harriers remain.

 

KNOW YOUR BLACK HARRIER

Black Harrier adult birds are black, with distinct striped black-and-white tails. You’ll also see white under the wings. They have distinctive and powerful flying patterns, flying low over the vegetation in search of food.

WHERE ARE THEY FOUND?

They are found in southern Africa – mostly the Western Cape, with a smaller presence in the Eastern Cape, the Northern Cape and the Free State, as well as Lesotho. A small population is found in Namibia.

WHAT HABITAT DO BLACK HARRIERS  LIKE?

Black Harriers are generally found in renosterveld, short fynbos and Karoo scrub.

THREATS

Habitat loss has affected Black Harriers – from conversion to agriculture, to wildfires in fynbos veld and grassland. Invasive alien plants have also threatened Black Harrier habitat. Climate change is also likely to further impact on numbers, as mouse populations will be reduced.

ACTION TO SAVE OUR BLACK HARRIERS

Partnering with the Overberg Lowlands Conservation Trust to protect Black Harrier habitat is a vital step to help these beautiful birds. The Trust and the OCG work to raise awareness with farming communities, to help protect Black Harriers.

THE IUCN RED LIST OF THREATENED SPECIES/RED DATA BOOK OF BIRDS OF SOUTH AFRICA:

 

Not EvaluatedData DeficientLeast ConcernNear ThreatenedVulnerableEndangeredCritically endangeredExtinct in the wildExtinct

DEAD OR INJURED BIRDS

Blue Cranes and other birds are often found dead or injured in the Overberg. Please report dead or injured birds to our OCG Extension Officer, Keir Lynch by email to support@bluecrane.org.za or phone 084 369 0969.

REPORT

REPORT RINGED BIRDS

Hundreds of Blue Cranes have had rings placed on their legs over the years. We use these rings to identify Blue Cranes. With this information, we can learn more about them. If you see a Blue Crane with rings on its legs, please let us know.

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SUPPORT

The Overberg Crane Group is the only organisation dedicated to protecting our Overberg's birds, like Blue Cranes and Cape Vultures. We need your help to protect our threatened bird species from possible future extinction.

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BIRDLASSER APP

There’s a convenient way for bird lovers to note the birds they see – using the BirdLasser app. You can download the BirdLasser app to your cellphone. It’s also a great tool for bird lovers to keep accurate records of their sightings

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