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Gurney's Sugarbird Promerops gurneyi
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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 Near Threatened

Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency Does not normally occur in forest
Land mass type   Average mass -


  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 104,000 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) 7.2 - - -
Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as common (Cheke et al. 2001).
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
Lesotho Native Extant       Yes
Mozambique Native Extant       Yes
South Africa Native Extant       Yes
Swaziland Native Extant       Yes
Zimbabwe Native Extant       Yes

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Mozambique Chimanimani Mountains (Mozambique) site factsheet
South Africa Amatole Forest Complex site factsheet
South Africa Blyde River Canyon site factsheet
South Africa Golden Gate Highlands National Park site factsheet
South Africa Graskop Grasslands site factsheet
South Africa Grasslands site factsheet
South Africa Kaapsehoop site factsheet
South Africa Karkloof Nature Reserve site factsheet
South Africa Mac-Mac Escarpment and Forests site factsheet
South Africa Matatiele Nature Reserve site factsheet
South Africa Mkhambati Nature Reserve site factsheet
South Africa Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve site factsheet
South Africa Rooiberge-Riemland site factsheet
South Africa Songimvelo Nature Reserve site factsheet
South Africa Soutpansberg site factsheet
South Africa Steenkampsberg site factsheet
South Africa Sterkfontein Dam Nature Reserve site factsheet
South Africa UKhahlamba Drakensberg Park site factsheet
South Africa Umtamvuna Nature Reserve site factsheet
South Africa Waterberg System site factsheet
Swaziland Malolotja Nature Reserve site factsheet
Zimbabwe Bvumba Highlands site factsheet
Zimbabwe Chimanimani Mountains (Zimbabwe) site factsheet
Zimbabwe Nyanga mountains site factsheet
Zimbabwe Stapleford Forest site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Moist Montane marginal resident
Grassland Subtropical/Tropical High Altitude major resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical High Altitude marginal 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
Indirect ecosystem effects, Ecosystem degradation, Loss of mutualism

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Promerops gurneyi. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016.

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 Promeropidae (Sugarbirds)
Species name author Verreaux, 1871
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Stable
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 104,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- Projected distributions under climate change