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Rock Firefinch Lagonosticta sanguinodorsalis

Justification
Although this species may have a small range, it is not believed to 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 stable, 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 has not been quantified, 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)
Payne, R. B. 1998. A new species of firefinch Lagonosticta from northern Nigeria and its association with the Jos Plateau Indigobird Vidua maryae. Ibis 140: 368-381.

Taxonomic note
Described as new to science by Payne (1998).

Distribution and population
This species is endemic to the Jos Plateau and its north and eastward extensions, in northern Nigeria (Payne 1998). There is a possible recent sighting of the species in the Mandara Mountains in north-east Nigeria near the Cameroon border, and northern Nigerian sightings of L. rubricata from Ririwai and Aliya may also refer to this species (Payne 1998). Another known site (Panshanu) is within the Magama Forest Reserve, where the vegetation is apparently little changed since 1968 (Payne 1998).

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as frequent in at least parts of its range (Borrow and Demey 2001)

Trend justification
The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

Ecology
The species is found in bushy and grassy rocky outcrops on the plateau and wooded, grassy inselbergs to the north and east, and is apparently restricted to areas above 900 m. It probably feeds on grass seeds (Clement et al. 1993, Payne 1998). It is parasitised by the Jos Plateau Indigobird Vidua maryae which is found within its range and mimics its song (Payne 1998).

Threats
One site (Taboru) is intensely grazed and the remaining wooded vegetation is rapidly being removed for fences and firewood (Payne 1998), although there are plans to establish a conservation programme here (P. Hall in litt. 1999). However, habitat on the Jos Plateau is extensive and not at risk (P. Hall in litt. 1999).

References
Borrow, N.; Demey, R. 2001. Birds of western Africa. Christopher Helm, London.

Clement, P.; Harris, A.; Davis, J. 1993. Finches and sparrows: an identification guide. Christopher Helm, London.

Payne, R. B. 1998. A new species of firefinch Lagonosticta from northern Nigeria and its association with the Jos Plateau Indigobird Vidua maryae. Ibis 140: 368-381.

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Text account compilers
Ekstrom, J., Butchart, S., Harding, M., Fisher, S.

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Lagonosticta sanguinodorsalis. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/11/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/11/2014.

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 Estrildidae (Waxbills, grass finches, munias and allies)
Species name author Payne, 1998
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Stable
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 10,900 km2
Country endemic? Yes
Links to further information
- Additional Information on this species
- Projected distributions under climate change