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Yellow-breasted Pipit Anthus chloris

IUCN Red List Criteria

Critically Endangered  
Endangered  
Vulnerable A3c;B1ab(i,ii,iii,iv,v) 

IUCN Red List history

Year Category
2012 Vulnerable
2008 Vulnerable
2004 Vulnerable
2000 Vulnerable
1996 Vulnerable
1994 Vulnerable
1988 Threatened

Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency Does not normally occur in forest
Land mass type continent
Average mass 25.1 g

Distribution

  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 19,900 medium
Number of locations 11-100 -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals 1700-4300 medium Estimated 2000
Population trend Decreasing medium -
Number of subpopulations 2-100 - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 3.7 - - -
Population justification: The population has been estimated at 2,500-6,500 individuals, roughly equivalent to 1,700-4,300 mature individuals.
Trend justification: The species's population is suspected to have declined at a moderate rate, in line with the loss and degradation of its grassland habitat. The rate of decline is expected to increase and become rapid in the next ten years.

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Lesotho Native Extant       Yes
South Africa Native Extant       Yes

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Lesotho Sehlabathebe National Park site factsheet
South Africa Alexpan site factsheet
South Africa Golden Gate Highlands National Park site factsheet
South Africa Grasslands site factsheet
South Africa Matatiele Nature Reserve site factsheet
South Africa Steenkampsberg site factsheet
South Africa Sterkfontein/Merinodal site factsheet
South Africa UKhahlamba Drakensberg Park site factsheet
South Africa Umgeni Vlei Nature Reserve site factsheet
South Africa Voordeel Conservancy site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable Land suitable resident
Artificial/Terrestrial Pastureland suitable non-breeding
Grassland Subtropical/Tropical High Altitude major breeding
Savanna Dry suitable non-breeding
Altitude 1400 - 2400 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Threats & impact

Threat (level 1) Threat (level 2) Impact and Stresses
Agriculture & aquaculture Annual & perennial non-timber crops / Agro-industry farming Timing Scope Severity Impact
Ongoing Majority (50-90%) Slow, Significant Decline Medium Impact: 6
Stresses
Ecosystem degradation, Ecosystem conversion
Agriculture & aquaculture Livestock farming & ranching / Agro-industry grazing, ranching or farming Timing Scope Severity Impact
Ongoing Majority (50-90%) Slow, Significant Decline Medium Impact: 6
Stresses
Ecosystem degradation, Ecosystem conversion
Agriculture & aquaculture Wood & pulp plantations / Scale Unknown/Unrecorded Timing Scope Severity Impact
Ongoing Majority (50-90%) Slow, Significant Decline Medium Impact: 6
Stresses
Ecosystem degradation, Ecosystem conversion
Climate change & severe weather Habitat shifting & alteration Timing Scope Severity Impact
Future Whole (>90%) Very Rapid Declines Medium Impact: 7
Stresses
Ecosystem degradation
Natural system modifications Fire & fire suppression / Trend Unknown/Unrecorded Timing Scope Severity Impact
Ongoing Majority (50-90%) Slow, Significant Decline Medium Impact: 6
Stresses
Ecosystem degradation, Ecosystem conversion

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Anthus chloris. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/10/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/10/2014.

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 Vulnerable
Family Motacillidae (Wagtails and pipits)
Species name author Lichtenstein, 1842
Population size 1700-4300 mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 19,900 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- Projected distributions under climate change