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Black-crowned Sparrow-lark Eremopterix nigriceps

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 nomadic Forest dependency Does not normally occur in forest
Land mass type   Average mass -

Distribution

  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 8,000,000
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals poor Estimated 2009
Population trend Increasing -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 3.8 - - -
Trend justification: The population is estimated to be increasing following a recorded range expansion southwards in recent years (del Hoyo et al. 2004).

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Bahrain Native Extant       Yes
Burkina Faso Native Extant        
Cape Verde Native Extant        
Chad Native Extant        
Djibouti Native Extant        
Egypt Native Extant        
Eritrea Native Extant        
Ethiopia Native Extant        
India Native Extant        
Iran, Islamic Republic of Native Extant       Yes
Iraq Native Extant       Yes
Israel Vagrant Extant        
Jordan Vagrant Extant        
Kuwait Native Extant       Yes
Mali Native Extant        
Mauritania Native Extant        
Niger Native Extant        
Nigeria Native Extant        
Oman Native Extant       Yes
Pakistan Native Extant        
Qatar Native Extant       Yes
Saudi Arabia Native Extant       Yes
Senegal Native Extant        
Somalia Native Extant        
South Sudan Native Extant       Yes
Sudan Native Extant        
United Arab Emirates Native Extant       Yes
Western Sahara Unknown Extant        
Yemen Native Extant       Yes

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Oman Jiddat al Harasis site factsheet
Yemen Bab al-Mandab - Mawza site factsheet
Yemen Ma'rib - Naqil Fardah - Baraqish site factsheet
Yemen Wadi Jahr site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Grassland Subtropical/Tropical Dry major resident
Altitude 0 - 1200 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Eremopterix nigriceps. 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 (Gould, 1839)
Population size mature individuals
Population trend Increasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 8,000,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- Projected distributions under climate change