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Golden Pipit Tmetothylacus tenellus

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 20.1 g

Distribution

  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 1,290,000 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) 4.2 - - -
Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as common in north-western and southern Somalia, locally common in Kenya and Tanzania and uncommon in southern Sudan (del Hoyo et al. 2004).
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
Ethiopia Native Extant        
Kenya Native Extant        
Oman Vagrant Extant   Yes    
Somalia Native Extant        
South Africa Vagrant Extant        
South Sudan Native Extant Yes      
Sudan Native Extant        
Tanzania Native Extant        
Uganda Native Extant        
Yemen Vagrant Extant   Yes    
Zimbabwe Vagrant Extant        

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Ethiopia Bogol Manyo - Dolo site factsheet
Ethiopia Dawa - Wachile site factsheet
Ethiopia Liben plains and Negele woodlands site factsheet
Ethiopia Lower Wabi Shebelle river and Warder site factsheet
Kenya Lake Baringo site factsheet
Kenya Lower Tana River Forests site factsheet
Kenya Meru National Park site factsheet
Kenya Samburu and Buffalo Springs National Reserves site factsheet
Kenya Shaba National Reserve site factsheet
Kenya Tana River Delta site factsheet
Kenya Tsavo East National Park site factsheet
Kenya Tsavo West National Park site factsheet
Somalia Arbowerow site factsheet
Somalia Balcad Nature Reserve site factsheet
Somalia Boja swamps site factsheet
Somalia Boorama plains site factsheet
Somalia Buulobarde site factsheet
Somalia Far Waamo site factsheet
Somalia Gacan Libaax site factsheet
Somalia Jasiira lagoon and Muqdisho islets site factsheet
Somalia Jowhar - Warshiikh site factsheet
Somalia Laag Badaana site factsheet
Somalia Laag Dheere site factsheet
Somalia Saylac site factsheet
Somalia Xawaadley reservoir site factsheet
South Sudan Bandingilo site factsheet
South Sudan Boma site factsheet
South Sudan Kidepo site factsheet
Tanzania Arusha National Park site factsheet
Tanzania Lake Manyara National Park site factsheet
Tanzania Mkomazi Game Reserve site factsheet
Tanzania Ngorongoro Conservation Area site factsheet
Tanzania Nyumba ya Mungu reservoir site factsheet
Tanzania Ruaha National Park site factsheet
Tanzania Tarangire National Park site factsheet
Uganda Kidepo Valley National Park site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Grassland Subtropical/Tropical Dry major breeding
Grassland Subtropical/Tropical Dry major non-breeding
Savanna Dry major breeding
Savanna Dry major non-breeding
Shrubland Subarctic suitable breeding
Shrubland Subarctic suitable non-breeding
Altitude 0 - 1000 m Occasional altitudinal limits (max) 1800 m

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Tmetothylacus tenellus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/09/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/09/2014.

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 Motacillidae (Wagtails and pipits)
Species name author (Cabanis, 1878)
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Stable
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 1,290,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- Projected distributions under climate change