Together with three other African vulture species, the IUCN has uplisted the Rüppell’s Vulture from Endangered to Critically Endangered.
Several other more widespread species of waders have seen their status raised from Least Concern to Near Threatened: Bar-tailed Godwit, Red Knot and Curlew Sandpiper are declining in East Asia and Australasia but also in some other parts of their large world ranges, from Africa to the Americas. Northern Lapwing and Eurasian Oystercatcher have also been uplisted to Near Threatened owing to factors including the loss of breeding meadow habitat and overharvesting of shellfish, respectively.
Good news for Morocco: the Audouin’s Gull, formerly one of the world’s rarest breeding seabirds with just 1,000 pairs in 1975, has seen its status improve from Near Threatened to Least Concern, due largely to the protection of its breeding colonies in the Ebro Delta in north-east Spain. There are now more than 20,000 pairs in the western Mediterranean.