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The bateleur is among the bird populations facing declines in Africa.

Albert Froneman, BirdLife South Africa

African birds like the bateleur, martial eagle and secretary bird – found in South Africa – face drastic population declines, a new study shows.

The research, published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, showed that 88% of the 42 raptor or bird species examined had declined to some degree. It also showed that 69% had declined at a rate considered to be at risk of extinction, based on criteria used by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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