BirdLife species factsheet for Papyrus Gonolek Papyrus Gonolek Laniarius mufumbiri has a local distribution in north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, eastern Rwanda, Burundi and western Kenya. It is listed as Near Threatened under criterion B1ab(iii) of the IUCN Red List because it was thought to have a moderately small range, restricted to papyrus swamps, in which it is potentially threatened by the modification and degradation of wetlands. However, the species’s population has been estimated to be approximately 2 million adults (Maclean 2004), roughly equivalent to 3 million individuals in total, and the population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats. In addition, mapping of the species’s range has resulted in an estimated Extent of Occurrence (EOO) of c.99,000 km2. As a result, the Papyrus Gonolek may not in fact approach the thresholds for classification as Vulnerable under the current criteria, and instead warrant downlisting to Least Concern. Information is requested on the population size, range and trend of this species, and comments on the proposed downlisting are welcome. Reference: Maclean, I. M. D. (2004) An ecological and socio-economic analysis of biodiversity conservation of East African wetlands. PhD Thesis. University of East Anglia, Norwich.
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