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Dead Sea Sparrow Passer moabiticus

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 full migrant Forest dependency Does not normally occur in forest
Land mass type   Average mass 15.5 g

Distribution

  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 188,000 medium
Extent of Occurrence non-breeding (km2) 245,000 medium
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals 7300-120000 poor Estimated 2009
Population trend Stable -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 5.8 - - -
Population justification: In Europe, the breeding population is estimated to number 900-3,000 breeding pairs, equating to 2,700-9,000 individuals (BirdLife International 2004). Europe forms 5-24% of the global range, so a very preliminary estimate of the global population size is 11,300-180,000 individuals, although further validation of this estimate is needed.
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
Afghanistan Native Extant       Yes
Bahrain Vagrant Extant   Yes    
Cyprus Native Extant Yes      
Egypt Native Extant        
Greece Vagrant Extant        
India Native Extant        
Iran, Islamic Republic of Native Extant       Yes
Iraq Native Extant       Yes
Israel Native Extant     Yes Yes
Jordan Native Extant       Yes
Kuwait Vagrant Extant   Yes    
Pakistan Native Extant        
Palestinian Authority Territories Native Extant     Yes Yes
Saudi Arabia Vagrant Extant   Yes    
Syria Native Extant       Yes
Turkey Native Extant       Yes
United Arab Emirates Vagrant Extant   Yes    

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Afghanistan Hamun-i-Puzak site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Dez river marshes and plains site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Hamidieh (Omidiyeh) plains site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Hamoun-i Sabari and Hamoun-i Hirmand site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Karkheh river marshes site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of South end of the Hamoun-i Puzak site factsheet
Iraq Al Jadriyah and Umm Al Khanazeer island site factsheet
Iraq Haur Al Hammar site factsheet
Iraq Hindiya Barrage site factsheet
Iraq Samara Wetlands site factsheet
Israel Hula valley site factsheet
Israel Jezre'el, Harod and Bet She'an valleys site factsheet
Israel Northern Arava valley site factsheet
Israel Northern lower Jordan valley site factsheet
Israel Southern Arava valley and Elat mountains site factsheet
Jordan Dana site factsheet
Jordan Maghtas - Sweimeh site factsheet
Jordan Wadi Mujib site factsheet
Palestinian Authority Territories Ein Al-Fashkha site factsheet
Palestinian Authority Territories Jericho site factsheet
Syria Ras al-Ayn site factsheet
Syria Yarmuk valley site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Dry major breeding
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Dry major non-breeding
Wetlands (inland) Bogs, Marshes, Swamps, Fens, Peatlands suitable breeding
Wetlands (inland) Bogs, Marshes, Swamps, Fens, Peatlands suitable non-breeding
Wetlands (inland) Permanent Rivers/Streams/Creeks (includes waterfalls) suitable breeding
Wetlands (inland) Permanent Rivers/Streams/Creeks (includes waterfalls) suitable non-breeding
Altitude 0 - 0 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Passer moabiticus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/09/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/09/2014.

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 Passeridae (Sparrows, snowfinches and allies)
Species name author Tristram, 1864
Population size 7300-120000 mature individuals
Population trend Stable
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 188,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species