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Thekla Lark Galerida theklae

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 -

Distribution

  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 2,030,000
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals poor Estimated 2009
Population trend Decreasing -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 3.8 - - -
Population justification: In Europe, the breeding population is estimated to number 1500000-2100000 breeding pairs, equating to 4500000-6300000 individuals (BirdLife International 2004). Europe forms 25-49% of the global range, so a very preliminary estimate of the global population size is 9180000-25200000 individuals, although further validation of this estimate is needed.
Trend justification: The population is estimated to be in decline following recent declines in Spain, perhaps owing to habitat loss and degradation and the effects of problematic species (del Hoyo et al. 2004), although in Europe, trends since 1996 have been stable, based on provisional data for 21 countries from the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (EBCC/RSPB/BirdLife/Statistics Netherlands; P. Vorisek in litt. 2008).

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Algeria Native Extant       Yes
Egypt Native Extant       Yes
Eritrea Native Extant       Yes
Ethiopia Native Extant       Yes
France Native Extant       Yes
Gibraltar (to UK) Vagrant Extant   Yes    
Kenya Native Extant       Yes
Libya Native Extant       Yes
Morocco Native Extant       Yes
Portugal Native Extant       Yes
Somalia Native Extant       Yes
Spain Native Extant       Yes
Tunisia Native Extant       Yes
Western Sahara Native Extant Yes      

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
France Basses Corbières site factsheet
France Massif des Albères site factsheet
Portugal Castro Marim site factsheet
Portugal Luzianes site factsheet
Portugal Serra de Monchique site factsheet
Portugal Serra do Caldeirão site factsheet
Portugal South-west coast of Portugal site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable Land suitable resident
Artificial/Terrestrial Pastureland suitable resident
Grassland Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable resident
Grassland Temperate suitable resident
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) major resident
Shrubland Mediterranean-type Shrubby Vegetation major resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable resident
Altitude 50 - 3200 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Galerida theklae. 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 (Brehm, 1858)
Population size mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 2,030,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- Projected distributions under climate change