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Socotra Sunbird Nectarinia balfouri

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) 3,600 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 Decreasing -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 3.6 - - -
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 in decline owing to habitat degradation through intense grazing and wood clearance for timber.

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Yemen Native Extant       Yes

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Yemen Diksam, Socotra site factsheet
Yemen Firjih/Central Socotra site factsheet
Yemen Firmihin near Jabal Keseslah, Socotra site factsheet
Yemen Hamaderoh plateau and scarp, Socotra site factsheet
Yemen Jabal Jaaf, Socotra site factsheet
Yemen Muqadrihon pass, Socotra site factsheet
Yemen Ra's Hebaq, Socotra site factsheet
Yemen Rewgid and Regid plateaus, Socotra site factsheet
Yemen Shidahah, Socotra site factsheet
Yemen Shu'ub Coast / Coast of Bindar Di-Sha'b, Socotra site factsheet
Yemen Wadi Ayhaft, Socotra site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Dry major resident
Altitude 0 - 1370 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Threats & impact

Threat (level 1) Threat (level 2) Impact and Stresses
Agriculture & aquaculture Livestock farming & ranching / Agro-industry grazing, ranching or farming Timing Scope Severity Impact
Ongoing Whole (>90%) Slow, Significant Decline Medium Impact: 7
Stresses
Ecosystem degradation, Ecosystem conversion
Biological resource use Logging & wood harvesting / Unintentional effects: (subsistence/small scale) [harvest] Timing Scope Severity Impact
Ongoing Whole (>90%) Slow, Significant Decline Medium Impact: 7
Stresses
Ecosystem degradation

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Nectarinia balfouri. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/10/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/10/2014.

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 Nectariniidae (Sunbirds)
Species name author (Sclater & Hartlaub, 1881)
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 3,600 km2
Country endemic? Yes
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species