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Black-fronted Tern Chlidonias albostriatus
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IUCN Red List Criteria

Critically Endangered  
Endangered A2bce+3bce+4bce 
Vulnerable A2bce+3bce+4bce;C2a(ii) 

IUCN Red List history

Year Category
2012 Endangered
2010 Endangered
2008 Endangered
2007 Endangered
2004 Endangered
2000 Endangered
1996 Vulnerable
1994 Vulnerable
1988 Threatened

Species attributes

Migratory status full migrant Forest dependency Does not normally occur in forest
Land mass type   Average mass 94.7 g

Distribution

  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 93,300 medium
Extent of Occurrence non-breeding (km2) 95,800 medium
Number of locations 11-100 -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals 2500-9999 medium Estimated 2007
Population trend Decreasing medium -
Number of subpopulations 1 - - -
Largest subpopulation 2500-9999 - - -
Generation length (yrs) 11 - - -
Population justification: In 2004, the New Zealand Department of Conservation estimated 1,000-5,000 mature individuals of this species (R. Hitchmough in litt. 2006), and a winter census in 2007 estimated c.5,000 individuals (per M. Bell in litt. 2012). Another estimate has put the total population at 7,000-10,000 individuals (R. Keedwell in litt. 2006), roughly equivalent to 4,600-6,700 mature individuals. Based on these estimates, the population is placed in the band for 2,500-9,999 mature individuals.
Trend justification: A very rapid population reduction is estimated on the basis of declines in breeding and wintering populations (O'Donnell 1992, Maloney 1999, Taylor 2000, R. Keedwell in litt. 2006, M. Szabo in litt. 2006).

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
New Zealand Native Extant       Yes

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
New Zealand Ahuriri River site factsheet
New Zealand Aparima River site factsheet
New Zealand Aramoana Otago Harbour site factsheet
New Zealand Ashburton River site factsheet
New Zealand Ashley River Rakahuri site factsheet
New Zealand Awatere River site factsheet
New Zealand Bluff Harbour Awarua Bay site factsheet
New Zealand Clarence Acheron Saxton Rivers site factsheet
New Zealand Clarence River mouth site factsheet
New Zealand Dart Rees Rivers site factsheet
New Zealand Dunstan Upper Clutha River site factsheet
New Zealand Eglington River site factsheet
New Zealand Farewell Spit site factsheet
New Zealand Godley Cass Rivers site factsheet
New Zealand Greenstone Caples Rivers site factsheet
New Zealand Hopkins Dobson Rivers site factsheet
New Zealand Hunter River site factsheet
New Zealand Hurunui River site factsheet
New Zealand Ka Whata Tu o Rakihouia/Kaikoura site factsheet
New Zealand Kahutara River site factsheet
New Zealand Lake Grassmere site factsheet
New Zealand Lower Clutha River Mata-Au site factsheet
New Zealand Makarora site factsheet
New Zealand Manuherikia site factsheet
New Zealand Mararoa River site factsheet
New Zealand Mataura River site factsheet
New Zealand Matukituki River site factsheet
New Zealand Motueka River site factsheet
New Zealand Nevis Shotover Rivers site factsheet
New Zealand Ohau Pukaki Tekapo Rivers site factsheet
New Zealand Omaui Island Oreti Estuary site factsheet
New Zealand Opihi River site factsheet
New Zealand Orari River site factsheet
New Zealand Oreti River site factsheet
New Zealand Pegasus Bay Coast site factsheet
New Zealand Rakaia River site factsheet
New Zealand Rangitata River site factsheet
New Zealand Tasman River site factsheet
New Zealand Te Waihora site factsheet
New Zealand Upper Buller site factsheet
New Zealand Waiau River site factsheet
New Zealand Waiau River Southland site factsheet
New Zealand Waimakariri River site factsheet
New Zealand Wairarapa Moana Ruamahanga site factsheet
New Zealand Wairau Lagoons site factsheet
New Zealand Wairau River site factsheet
New Zealand Waitaki River site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Marine Coastal/Supratidal Sea Cliffs and Rocky Offshore Islands suitable non-breeding
Marine Intertidal Shingle and/or Pebble Shoreline and/or Beaches suitable non-breeding
Marine Neritic Estuaries major non-breeding
Marine Neritic Macroalgal/Kelp suitable non-breeding
Marine Neritic Seagrass (Submerged) suitable non-breeding
Marine Neritic Subtidal Loose Rock/pebble/gravel suitable non-breeding
Marine Neritic Subtidal Rock and Rocky Reefs suitable non-breeding
Marine Neritic Subtidal Sandy suitable non-breeding
Marine Neritic Subtidal Sandy-Mud suitable non-breeding
Wetlands (inland) Permanent Freshwater Lakes (over 8ha) suitable breeding
Wetlands (inland) Permanent Rivers/Streams/Creeks (includes waterfalls) major breeding
Altitude 0 - 600 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Threats & impact

Threat (level 1) Threat (level 2) Impact and Stresses
Human intrusions & disturbance Recreational activities Timing Scope Severity Impact
Ongoing Minority (<50%) Slow, Significant Decline Low Impact: 5
Stresses
Species disturbance
Invasive and other problematic species, genes & diseases Invasive non-native/alien species/diseases / Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen) Timing Scope Severity Impact
Ongoing Majority (50-90%) Very Rapid Declines High Impact: 8
Stresses
Species mortality
Invasive and other problematic species, genes & diseases Invasive non-native/alien species/diseases / Broom (Cytisus scoparius) Timing Scope Severity Impact
Ongoing Minority (<50%) Negligible declines Low Impact: 4
Stresses
Ecosystem degradation
Invasive and other problematic species, genes & diseases Invasive non-native/alien species/diseases / Brown Rat (Rattus norvegicus) Timing Scope Severity Impact
Ongoing Majority (50-90%) Very Rapid Declines High Impact: 8
Stresses
Reduced reproductive success
Invasive and other problematic species, genes & diseases Invasive non-native/alien species/diseases / Common Brushtail (Trichosurus vulpecula) Timing Scope Severity Impact
Ongoing Majority (50-90%) Very Rapid Declines High Impact: 8
Stresses
Species mortality
Invasive and other problematic species, genes & diseases Invasive non-native/alien species/diseases / Crack Willow (Salix fragilis) Timing Scope Severity Impact
Ongoing Minority (<50%) Negligible declines Low Impact: 4
Stresses
Ecosystem degradation
Invasive and other problematic species, genes & diseases Invasive non-native/alien species/diseases / Domestic Cow (Bos taurus) Timing Scope Severity Impact
Ongoing Minority (<50%) Negligible declines Low Impact: 4
Stresses
Ecosystem degradation
Invasive and other problematic species, genes & diseases Invasive non-native/alien species/diseases / Domestic Dog (Canis familiaris) Timing Scope Severity Impact
Ongoing Majority (50-90%) Very Rapid Declines High Impact: 8
Stresses
Species mortality
Invasive and other problematic species, genes & diseases Invasive non-native/alien species/diseases / Domestic Sheep (Ovis aries) Timing Scope Severity Impact
Ongoing Minority (<50%) Negligible declines Low Impact: 4
Stresses
Ecosystem degradation
Invasive and other problematic species, genes & diseases Invasive non-native/alien species/diseases / Ferret (Mustela furo) Timing Scope Severity Impact
Ongoing Majority (50-90%) Very Rapid Declines High Impact: 8
Stresses
Species mortality
Invasive and other problematic species, genes & diseases Invasive non-native/alien species/diseases / Least Weasel (Mustela nivalis) Timing Scope Severity Impact
Ongoing Majority (50-90%) Very Rapid Declines High Impact: 8
Stresses
Species mortality
Invasive and other problematic species, genes & diseases Invasive non-native/alien species/diseases / Stoat (Mustela erminea) Timing Scope Severity Impact
Ongoing Majority (50-90%) Very Rapid Declines High Impact: 8
Stresses
Species mortality
Invasive and other problematic species, genes & diseases Invasive non-native/alien species/diseases / West European Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) Timing Scope Severity Impact
Ongoing Majority (50-90%) Very Rapid Declines High Impact: 8
Stresses
Reduced reproductive success
Natural system modifications Dams & water management/use / Dams (size unknown) Timing Scope Severity Impact
Future Minority (<50%) Very Rapid Declines Low Impact: 5
Stresses
Ecosystem degradation, Ecosystem conversion
Natural system modifications Other ecosystem modifications Timing Scope Severity Impact
Ongoing Minority (<50%) Slow, Significant Decline Low Impact: 5
Stresses
Ecosystem degradation

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Chlidonias albostriatus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/06/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/06/2016.

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 Endangered
Family Laridae (Gulls, Terns, Skimmers)
Species name author (Gray, 1845)
Population size 2500-9999 mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 93,300 km2
Country endemic? Yes
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species