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Chestnut-headed Sparrow-lark Eremopterix signatus

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 15.7 g

Distribution

  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 971,000 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 Increasing -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 3.8 - - -
Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as generally fairly common and can be locally abundant if conditions are favourable (del Hoyo et al. 2004).
Trend justification: The population is suspected to be increasing following the establishment of a small resident population in southern Kenya following irruptive movements in the 1970s (del Hoyo et al. 2004).

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Ethiopia Native Extant       Yes
Israel Vagrant Extant   Yes    
Kenya Native Extant       Yes
Somalia Native Extant       Yes
South Sudan Native Extant       Yes
Sudan Native Extant       Yes

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Ethiopia Abijatta - Shalla Lakes National Park site factsheet
Ethiopia Awash National Park site factsheet
Ethiopia Eastern Hararghe (Harar-Wabi Shebelle) site factsheet
Ethiopia Genale river site factsheet
Ethiopia Lake Chew Bahir site factsheet
Ethiopia Lower Wabi Shebelle river and Warder site factsheet
Ethiopia Yangudi-Rassa National Park site factsheet
Kenya Dida Galgalu desert site factsheet
Kenya Lake Turkana site factsheet
Kenya Lower Tana River Forests site factsheet
Kenya Meru National Park site factsheet
Kenya Samburu and Buffalo Springs National Reserves site factsheet
Kenya Shaba National Reserve site factsheet
Kenya Tana River Delta site factsheet
Kenya Tsavo East National Park site factsheet
Somalia Balcad Nature Reserve site factsheet
Somalia Buulobarde site factsheet
Somalia Far Waamo site factsheet
Somalia Gacan Libaax site factsheet
Somalia Jasiira lagoon and Muqdisho islets site factsheet
Somalia Jowhar - Warshiikh site factsheet
Somalia Lascaanod - Taleex - Ceel Chebet site factsheet
Somalia Xawaadley reservoir site factsheet
South Sudan Kidepo site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Desert Hot suitable resident
Grassland Subtropical/Tropical Dry major resident
Savanna Dry major resident
Altitude 0 - 1500 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Eremopterix signatus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 02/09/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 02/09/2014.

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 (Oustalet, 1886)
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Increasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 971,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- Projected distributions under climate change