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Black-faced Sandgrouse Pterocles decoratus

IUCN Red List history

Year Category
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern

Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency Does not normally occur in forest
Land mass type   Average mass -

Distribution

  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 1,360,000 medium
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals Unknown not applicable Not Applicable 0
Population trend Stable -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 5.6 - - -
Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as common to very common in Ethiopia, southern Somalia and parts of Kenya (Madge and McGowan 2002).
Trend justification: The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Ethiopia Native Extant       Yes
Kenya Native Extant       Yes
Somalia Native Extant       Yes
Tanzania Native Extant       Yes
Uganda Unknown Extant       Yes

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Ethiopia Abijatta - Shalla Lakes National Park site factsheet
Ethiopia Awash National Park site factsheet
Ethiopia Liben plains and Negele woodlands site factsheet
Ethiopia Lower Wabi Shebelle river and Warder site factsheet
Ethiopia Yangudi-Rassa National Park site factsheet
Kenya Amboseli National Park site factsheet
Kenya Chyulu Hills forests site factsheet
Kenya Dida Galgalu desert site factsheet
Kenya Lake Magadi site factsheet
Kenya Masai Mara site factsheet
Kenya Meru National Park site factsheet
Kenya Nairobi National Park site factsheet
Kenya Ol Donyo Sabache site factsheet
Kenya Samburu and Buffalo Springs National Reserves site factsheet
Kenya Shaba National Reserve site factsheet
Kenya South Nguruman site factsheet
Kenya Tana River Delta site factsheet
Kenya Tsavo East National Park site factsheet
Kenya Tsavo West National Park site factsheet
Somalia Aangole - Farbiito site factsheet
Somalia Arbowerow site factsheet
Somalia Balcad Nature Reserve site factsheet
Somalia Boja swamps site factsheet
Somalia Buulobarde site factsheet
Somalia Far Waamo site factsheet
Somalia Jasiira lagoon and Muqdisho islets site factsheet
Somalia Jowhar - Warshiikh site factsheet
Somalia Laag Badaana site factsheet
Somalia Laag Dheere site factsheet
Somalia Xawaadley reservoir site factsheet
Tanzania Arusha National Park and vicinity site factsheet
Tanzania Lake Eyasi site factsheet
Tanzania Lake Manyara site factsheet
Tanzania Lake Natron and Engaruka basin site factsheet
Tanzania Longido Game Controlled Area site factsheet
Tanzania Maswa Game Reserve site factsheet
Tanzania Mkomazi Game Reserve site factsheet
Tanzania Ngorongoro Conservation Area site factsheet
Tanzania Nyumba ya Mungu reservoir site factsheet
Tanzania Ruaha National Park site factsheet
Tanzania Serengeti National Park site factsheet
Tanzania Tarangire National Park site factsheet
Tanzania Udzungwa National Park site factsheet
Tanzania Usangu flats site factsheet
Tanzania Wembere steppe site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Desert Hot suitable resident
Grassland Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable resident
Savanna Dry suitable resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable resident
Altitude 0 - 1600 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Pterocles decoratus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/12/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/12/2014.

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 Pteroclidae (Sandgrouse)
Species name author Cabanis, 1868
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Stable
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 1,360,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- Projected distributions under climate change