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Sun Lark Galerida modesta

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 20.2 g

Distribution

  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 3,250,000 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 Stable -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 3.8 - - -
Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is reported to be locally common (Keith et al. 1992).
Trend justification: The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Benin Native Extant       Yes
Burkina Faso Native Extant       Yes
Cameroon Native Extant       Yes
Central African Republic Native Extant       Yes
Chad Native Extant       Yes
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Native Extant       Yes
Côte d'Ivoire Native Extant       Yes
Gambia Native Extant       Yes
Ghana Native Extant       Yes
Guinea Native Extant       Yes
Guinea-Bissau Native Extant       Yes
Mali Native Extant       Yes
Niger Native Extant       Yes
Nigeria Native Extant       Yes
Senegal Native Extant       Yes
Sierra Leone Native Extant       Yes
South Sudan Native Extant       Yes
Sudan Native Extant        
Togo Native Extant       Yes
Uganda Native Extant       Yes

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Burkina Faso Arli - W - Singou complex site factsheet
Burkina Faso Kaboré Tambi - Nazinga - Sissili complex site factsheet
Cameroon Bénoué National Park site factsheet
Cameroon Gashiga - Demsa site factsheet
Cameroon Mayo-Louti Forest Reserve site factsheet
Cameroon Mount Oku site factsheet
Cameroon Ngaoundaba Ranch site factsheet
Central African Republic Bamingui-Bangoran National Park complex site factsheet
Central African Republic Bozoum site factsheet
Central African Republic Manovo - Gounda - St Floris National Park complex site factsheet
Central African Republic Zémongo Faunal Reserve site factsheet
Chad Zakouma National Park site factsheet
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Garamba National Park site factsheet
Côte d'Ivoire Comoe National Park site factsheet
Côte d'Ivoire Marahoue National Park site factsheet
Gambia Kiang West National Park site factsheet
Ghana Digya National Park site factsheet
Guinea Balandougou site factsheet
Guinea Chutes de la Sala site factsheet
Guinea Grandes Chutes site factsheet
Guinea Kabitaï site factsheet
Guinea Mafou site factsheet
Guinea-Bissau Dulombi site factsheet
Mali Falaise de Bandiagara site factsheet
Niger 'W' National Park site factsheet
Niger Makalondi district site factsheet
Nigeria Assop Falls and hills site factsheet
Nigeria Falgore and Lame Burra Game Reserves site factsheet
Nigeria Kagoro - Nindam Forest Reserves site factsheet
Senegal La Petite Côte site factsheet
Senegal Parc National du Niokolo-Koba site factsheet
South Sudan Ashana site factsheet
South Sudan Bandingilo site factsheet
South Sudan Imatong mountains site factsheet
South Sudan Juba site factsheet
South Sudan Nimule site factsheet
South Sudan Southern National Park site factsheet
South Sudan Sudd (Bahr-el-Jebel system) site factsheet
Togo Oti Valley Faunal Reserve 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 major resident
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) major resident
Altitude 0 - 0 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Galerida modesta. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/07/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/07/2014.

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 Heuglin, 1864
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Stable
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 3,250,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- Projected distributions under climate change