This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the threshold classification as 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). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the threshold for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size may be moderately small to large, but it is not believed to approach the threshold 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.
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Text account compilers
Ekstrom, J., Butchart, S., Harding, M., Fisher, S., Symes, A., Gilroy, J.
Simmons, R., Tyler, S., Herremans, M., Brewster, C., Borello, W.
IUCN Red List evaluators
Butchart, S., Symes, A.
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Certhilauda chuana. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/08/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/08/2014.
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|Current IUCN Red List category||Least Concern|
|Species name author||(Smith, 1836)|
|Population size||mature individuals|
|Distribution size (breeding/resident)||127,000 km2|
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