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Ground Woodpecker Geocolaptes olivaceus

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/Near Threatened
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) 774,000 medium
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals Unknown not applicable Not Applicable 0
Population trend Stable -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 5 - - -
Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is reported to be common in most of its range (del Hoyo et al. 2002).
Trend justification: The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Lesotho Native Extant Yes      
South Africa Native Extant Yes      
Swaziland Native Extant Yes      

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Lesotho Liqobong site factsheet
Lesotho Mafika - Lisiu site factsheet
Lesotho Sehlabathebe National Park site factsheet
Lesotho Sehonghong and Matebeng site factsheet
Lesotho Upper Quthing Valley site factsheet
Lesotho Upper Senqu River site factsheet
South Africa Amatole Forest Complex site factsheet
South Africa Anysberg Nature Reserve site factsheet
South Africa Camdeboo National Park site factsheet
South Africa Chelmsford Nature Reserve site factsheet
South Africa Eastern False Bay mountains site factsheet
South Africa Golden Gate Highlands National Park site factsheet
South Africa Grasslands site factsheet
South Africa Haramoep and Black Mountain Mine Nature Reserve site factsheet
South Africa Karoo National Park site factsheet
South Africa Katberg - Readsdale forest complex site factsheet
South Africa Kouga - Baviaanskloof Complex site factsheet
South Africa Mattheus-Gat Conservation Area site factsheet
South Africa Outeniqua mountains site factsheet
South Africa Southern Langeberg mountains site factsheet
South Africa Steenkampsberg site factsheet
South Africa Sterkfontein Dam Nature Reserve site factsheet
South Africa Sterkfontein/Merinodal site factsheet
South Africa Swartberg mountains site factsheet
South Africa UKhahlamba Drakensberg Park site factsheet
South Africa Umgeni Vlei Nature Reserve site factsheet
South Africa Voordeel Conservancy site factsheet
Swaziland Mahamba Mountain site factsheet
Swaziland Malolotja Nature Reserve site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Grassland Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable resident
Grassland Subtropical/Tropical High Altitude suitable resident
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) major resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical High Altitude suitable resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Moist suitable resident
Wetlands (inland) Bogs, Marshes, Swamps, Fens, Peatlands suitable resident
Altitude 0 - 2100 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Threats & impact

Threat (level 1) Threat (level 2) Impact and Stresses
Climate change & severe weather Habitat shifting & alteration Timing Scope Severity Impact
Future Whole (>90%) Unknown Unknown
Stresses
Indirect ecosystem effects, Ecosystem degradation

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Geocolaptes olivaceus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/11/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/11/2014.

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 Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Species name author (Gmelin, 1788)
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Stable
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 774,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- Projected distributions under climate change