This poorly known migratory species is classified as Near Threatened because its moderately small population is suspected to be declining as a result of the conversion and degradation of its habitats; it almost meets the requirements for listing as threatened under criterion C1. Improved information on its population size and trend may in due course lead to a reassessment of its status.
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BirdLife International. 2004. Birds in Europe: population estimates, trends and conservation status. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K.
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Cramp, S.; Perrins, C. M. 1994. Handbook of the birds of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The birds of the western Palearctic vol IX: buntings and New World warblers. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Hölzinger, J. 1995. The Cinereous Bunting Emberiza cineracea breeding on Skyros (Greece). Zoology in the Middle East 11: 31-36.
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Walther, B. A.; Wisz, M.S.; Rahbek, C. 2004. Known and predicted African winter distributions and habitat use of the endangered Basra Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus griseldis) and the near-threatened Cinereous Bunting (Emberiza cineracea). Journal of Ornithology 45: 287-299.
Further web sources of information
Detailed regional assessment and species account from the European Red List of Birds (BirdLife International, 2015)
Text account compilers
Capper, D., Derhé, M., O'Brien, A., Pople, R. & Ashpole, J
Balkiz, O., Walther, B., Porter, R. & Isfendiyaroglu, S.
IUCN Red List evaluators
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Emberiza cineracea. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 06/02/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 06/02/2016.
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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Additional resources for this species
|Current IUCN Red List category||Near Threatened|
|Family||Emberizidae (Buntings, American sparrows and allies)|
|Species name author||Brehm, 1855|
|Population size||6600-11600 mature individuals|
|Distribution size (breeding/resident)||83,000 km2|
|Links to further information|
- Additional Information on this species|
- 2015 European Red List assessment