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Karoo Lark Certhilauda albescens

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 30.4 g

Distribution

  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 284,000 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 Decreasing -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 3.5 - - -
Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as common, especially in the west of its range (del Hoyo et al. 2004).
Trend justification: The population is suspected to be in decline owing to habitat loss and degradation caused by resort development, mining operations, overgrazing and the expansion of cultivation (del Hoyo et al. 2004).

Country/Territory distribution

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

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
South Africa Anysberg Nature Reserve site factsheet
South Africa Augrabies Falls National Park site factsheet
South Africa Cedarberg - Koue Bokkeveld complex site factsheet
South Africa Karoo National Park site factsheet
South Africa Lower Berg river wetlands site factsheet
South Africa Olifants river estuary site factsheet
South Africa Platberg-Karoo Conservancy site factsheet
South Africa Southern Langeberg mountains site factsheet
South Africa Swartberg mountains site factsheet
South Africa Verlorenvlei Estuary site factsheet
South Africa West Coast National Park and Saldanha Bay islands site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Grassland Subtropical/Tropical Dry major resident
Shrubland Mediterranean-type Shrubby Vegetation suitable resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable resident
Altitude 0 - 0 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: Certhilauda albescens. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/07/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/07/2014.

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 Alaudidae (Larks)
Species name author (Lafresnaye, 1839)
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 284,000 km2
Country endemic? Yes
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- Projected distributions under climate change