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Red-necked Buzzard Buteo auguralis
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This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (extent of occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be increasing, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size may be moderately small to large, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

Taxonomic source(s)
del Hoyo, J.; Collar, N. J.; Christie, D. A.; Elliott, A.; Fishpool, L. D. C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International.

Trend justification
The population is suspected to be increasing as ongoing habitat degradation is creating new areas of suitable habitat (Ferguson-Lees and Christie 2001). Between 1969-1973 and 2000-2004 the species was reported to have declined outside protected areas in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger but numbers were stable or increasing within protected areas (Thiollay 2007). The trend outside protected areas was stable in Cameroon.

Woodland degradation poses a threat, however the species is able to use many secondary habitats (Thiollay 2000). The species is potentially vulnerable to hunting, however the significance of this threat is not yet known (Whytock and Morgan 2010). Within the Sahel zone, overhunting of prey species, degradation of woodland habitat and overgrazing are potential threats (Thiollay 2007).

Ferguson-Lees, J. and Christie, D.A. 2001. Raptors of the world. Christopher Helm, London.

IUCN. 2015. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015-4. Available at: (Accessed: 19 November 2015).

Thiollay, J-M. 2000. Buteo auguralis Red-necked buzzard. In: Verdoorn, G.H., Bildstein, K.L. and Ellis, S. (eds), Selected African Falconiformes conservation assessment and management plan, pp. 43-44. IUCN/SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group, Apple Valley.

Thiollay, J.-M. 2007. Raptor population decline in West Africa. Ostrich 78(2): 405-413.

Whytock, R.C. and Morgan, B.J. 2010. The commercial trade in bushmeat potentially threatens raptor populations in the Ebo forest, Cameroon . Gabar 21(1&2): 1-7.

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Text account compilers
Ekstrom, J., Butchart, S., Harding, M. & Ashpole, J

IUCN Red List evaluators
Butchart, S. & Symes, A.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Buteo auguralis. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Least Concern
Family Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles)
Species name author Salvadori, 1865
Population size mature individuals
Population trend Increasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 7,040,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Additional Information on this species
- Projected distributions under climate change