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White-backed Duck Thalassornis leuconotus

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) 10,000,000 medium
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals 8000-19000 poor Estimated 2009
Population trend Decreasing -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 9.7 - - -
Population justification: The population is estimated to number 12,000-28,000 individuals, roughly equating to 8,000-19,000 mature individuals.
Trend justification: The overall trend is decreasing, although some populations may be stable (Wetlands International 2006).

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage
Angola Native Extant      
Benin Native Extant      
Botswana Native Extant      
Burkina Faso Vagrant Extant   Yes  
Burundi Native Extant      
Cameroon Native Extant      
Chad Native Extant      
Congo Native Extant      
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Native Extant      
Ethiopia Native Extant      
Kenya Native Extant      
Lesotho Native Extant      
Madagascar Native Extant      
Malawi Native Extant      
Mali Native Extant      
Mauritania Vagrant Extant   Yes  
Mozambique Native Extant      
Namibia Native Extant      
Nigeria Native Extant      
Rwanda Native Extant      
Senegal Native Extant      
Somalia Vagrant Extant   Yes  
South Africa Native Extant Yes    
South Sudan Vagrant Extant   Yes  
Sudan Native Extant      
Swaziland Native Extant      
Tanzania Native Extant      
Togo Vagrant Extant   Yes  
Uganda Native Extant      
Zambia Native Extant      
Zimbabwe Native Extant      

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Botswana Okavango Delta site factsheet
South Africa Grasslands site factsheet
South Africa Nyl River Floodplain site factsheet
South Africa Richards Bay Game Reserve site factsheet
Zambia Sumbu National Park and Tondwa Game Management Area site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Wetlands (inland) Permanent Freshwater Lakes (over 8ha) suitable resident
Wetlands (inland) Permanent Freshwater Marshes/Pools (under 8ha) major resident
Wetlands (inland) Seasonal/Intermittent Freshwater Lakes (over 8ha) suitable resident
Altitude 0 - 0 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Utilisation

Purpose Primary form used Life stage used Source Scale Level Timing
Food (human) Whole Eggs Wild Subsistence, National Non-trivial Recent
Pets Whole Adults and juveniles Wild International Non-trivial Recent

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Thalassornis leuconotus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/04/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/04/2014.

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 Anatidae (Ducks, geese and swans)
Species name author Eyton, 1838
Population size 8000-19000 mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 10,000,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- Climate change species distributions