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Vietnam Greenfinch Carduelis monguilloti

Justification
This species has been downlisted to Least Concern as current evidence suggests that the species's population may be increasing as the effective area, extent and/or quality of habitat increases due to expansion of scrub and pine forest following deforestation and fires.

Taxonomic source(s)
Sibley, C. G.; Monroe, B. L. 1990. Distribution and taxonomy of birds of the world. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.

Distribution and population
Carduelis monguilloti is endemic to the Da Lat plateau of south Annam, Vietnam, where it is locally common. The area of suitable habitat for this species is actually thought to be increasing as a result of deforestation, which leads to increases in the area of scrub and Khasi pine Pinus kesiya forest, the growth of which is stimulated by fire (BirdLife International 2001, del Hoyo et al. 2010).


Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as locally common (Clement 1999).

Trend justification
Current evidence suggests that the species's population may be increasing as the effective area, extent and/or quality of habitat increases, as a result of deforestation, which leads to increases in the area of scrub and Khasi pine Pinus kesiya forest, the growth of which is stimulated by fire (BirdLife International 2001, del Hoyo et al. 2010).

Ecology
It occurs in open pine forest, including Pinus kesiya forest, secondary growth, and forest edges near to cultivation from 1,050-1,900 m, although it has been reporteed as low as 600 m (S. Mahood in litt. 2012). As well as feeding on seeds from Pinus trees it has been seen flycatching recently hatched termites.

Threats
Much of the Da Lat plateau is being deforested through clearance for shifting agriculture, charcoal production and logging. However, this species is suspecting to be benefiting from the increase in Pinus kesiya pine forest (as its growth is stimulated by fire clearance) and is therefore perhaps secure. Most pine forest is nevertheless allocated to production forest where logging is permitted and the potential for rapid clearance of this habitat remains.

Conservation Actions Underway
None is known. Conservation Actions Proposed
Identify and monitor emerging threats to the species and its habitat. Protect areas of suitable pine forest and safeguard from clearance and degradation. Work with managers of production forests to ensure practices that benefit the species.

References
BirdLife International. 2001. Threatened birds of Asia: the BirdLife International Red Data Book. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K.

Clement, P.; Harris, A.; Davis, J. 1999. Finches and sparrows. Christopher Helm, London.

Further web sources of information
Detailed species accounts from the Threatened birds of Asia: the BirdLife International Red Data Book (BirdLife International 2001).

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Text account compilers
Benstead, P., Bird, J., Derhé, M.

Contributors
Pilgrim, J., Mahood, S., Craik, R.

IUCN Red List evaluators
Butchart, S., Symes, A.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Carduelis monguilloti. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/11/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/11/2014.

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 Fringillidae (Finches and Hawaiian honeycreepers)
Species name author (Delacour, 1926)
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Unknown
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 7,700 km2
Country endemic? Yes
Links to further information
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