Archived 2014 discussion: Malindi Pipit (Anthus melindae): downlist to Least Concern?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2013 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2014.

BirdLife species factsheet for Malindi Pipit

Malindi Pipit Anthus melindae is restricted to the coastal strip from Mombasa in Kenya north to 3°N in southern Somalia and along the lower reaches of the Tana, Jubba and Shabeelle valleys (Keith et al. 1992). It is currently classified as Near Threatened under criterion B1ab(iii) because it was thought to have a relatively small Extent of Occurrence (EOO) of less than 20,000 km2, in which it was potentially threatened by changes in land-use practices. However, recent mapping of this species’s range by BirdLife International suggests that it is much larger than previously expected, with an EOO of c.84,200 km2. Thus, the species no longer approaches the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion and its status needs to be reassessed.

The population size of this species has not been quantified, but it is considered rare to abundant. If there is evidence to suggest that the population approaches 10,000 mature individuals, it is in decline and all subpopulations approach 1,000 mature individuals, this species would qualify as Near Threatened under criterion C2a(i). The population is, however, suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats. If this information is confirmed, this species would not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under any of the IUCN Red List criteria and would warrant downlisting to Least Concern.

Information is requested on the species’s population size, trends and the severity of threats, and any further comments are welcome.


Keith, S., Urban, E. K. and Fry, C. H. (1992) The birds of Africa vol. IV. London, UK: Academic Press.

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3 Responses to Archived 2014 discussion: Malindi Pipit (Anthus melindae): downlist to Least Concern?

  1. Malindi Pipit is not too hard to find on patches of short grassland to the north of Malindi. There are definitely some sites which have gone to salt works or to farmland, but I suspect there are other sites that have become favourable for the species and it has moved in – certainly there are places where I’ve not seen it before but where later I have found it. More work is definitely needed on this species, but in the light of my experience, I would be happy to downlist it to ‘Least Concern’.

  2. Andy Symes says:

    Preliminary proposals

    Based on available information and comments posted above, our preliminary proposal for the 2014 Red List would be to treat Malindi Pipit Anthus melindae as Least Concern.

    There is now a period for further comments until the final deadline of 31 March, after which recommended categorisations will be put forward to IUCN.

    The final Red List categories will be published on the BirdLife and IUCN websites in mid-2014, following further checking of information relevant to the assessments by both BirdLife and IUCN.

  3. Andy Symes says:

    Recommended categorisation to be put forward to IUCN

    Following further review, there has been no change to our preliminary proposal for the 2014 Red List status of this species.

    The final categorisation will be published later in 2014, following further checking of information relevant to the assessment by BirdLife and IUCN.

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