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Indochinese Bushlark Mirafra erythrocephala

This species has a very large range, and hence does not 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)
Alström, P. 1998. Taxonomy of the Mirafra assamica complex. Forktail 13: 97-107.

Taxonomic note
Mirafra assamica (Sibley and Monroe 1990, 1993) has been split into M. assamica, M. affinis, M. erythrocephala and M. microptera following Alström (1998).

Mirafra marionae Dickinson and Dekker (2001)

Distribution and population
This species has a large range in Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos.

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but it is believed to be large as the species is described as widespread and locally common throughout range (de Juana et al. 2004).

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

The species inhabits a variety of open habitats with scattered bushes and trees, including cultivation, as well as forest edges and bamboo thickets, to 900 m (de Juana et al. 2004).

De Juana, E., Suárez, F. and Ryan, P. 2004. Family Alaudidae (larks). Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.

Further web sources of information
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Text account compilers
Temple, H.

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2015) Species factsheet: Mirafra erythrocephala. Downloaded from on 30/03/2015. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2015) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 30/03/2015.

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 Alaudidae (Larks)
Species name author Salvadori & Giglioli, 1885
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Stable
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 927,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
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