This species is listed as Near Threatened because it is thought to have a moderately small population within a small range. The population on Réunion has increased substantially but that on Mauritius has declined, so the overall population trend is difficult to judge. Any evidence that the population is smaller than this or is declining overall may qualify the species for uplisting to a higher threat category.
Dowsett, R. J.; Forbes-Watson, A. D. 1993. Checklist of birds of the Afrotropical and Malagasy regions. Tauraco Press, Li
Sibley, C. G.; Monroe, B. L. 1990. Distribution and taxonomy of birds of the world. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.
Collocalia linchi (Sibley and Monroe 1990, 1993) was split into C. linchi and C. dodgei by Moyle et al. (2008) but this treatment is not followed by the BirdLife Taxonomic Working Group, because their study fails to take account of the other taxa in the linchi complex, namely C. l. ripleyi from Sumatra and C. l. dedii from Bali, and relied on a small sample size. All four subspecies of C. linchi differ diagnosably in size, so no change to their taxonomic treatment is warranted until the complex is reviewed as a whole.
Barré, N.; Barau, A.; Jouanin, C. 1996. Oiseaux de la Réunion. Les Éditions du Pacifique, Paris.
Cheke, A. S. 1987. An ecological history of the Mascarene Islands, with particular reference to extinctions and introductions of land vertebrates. In: Diamond, A.W. (ed.), Studies of Mascarene island birds, pp. 5-89. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K.
del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J. 1999. Handbook of the Birds of the World, vol. 5: Barn-owls to Hummingbirds. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.
Le Corre, M.; Safford, R. J. 2001. La Réunion and Iles Eparses. In: Fishpool, L.D.C.; Evans, M.I. (ed.), Important Bird Areas of Africa and associated islands: Priority sites for conservation, pp. 693-702. Pisces Publications and BirdLife International (BirdLife Conservation Series No.11), Newbury and Cambridge, UK.
Further web sources of information
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Text account compilers
McClellan, R., O'Brien, A., Pilgrim, J., Robertson, P., Symes, A., Taylor, J., Warren, B.
Bretagnolle, V., Cheke, R., Jones, C., Le Corre, M.
IUCN Red List evaluators
Butchart, S., Taylor, J.
BirdLife International (2013) Species factsheet: Collocalia francica. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 08/12/2013. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2013) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 08/12/2013.
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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|Current IUCN Red List category||Near Threatened|
|Species name author||(Gmelin, 1789)|
|Population size||6000-15000 mature individuals|
|Distribution size (breeding/resident)||4,400 km2|
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