Author Archives: Andy Symes (BirdLife)

Chestnut-collared Longspur (Calcarius ornatus): uplist from Near Threatened to Vulnerable?

BirdLife species factsheet for Chestnut-collared Longspur This species breeds in the Great Plains (north and central USA) and the Canadian Prairie Provinces (southern central Canada), and winters in south-central and south-western USA and north-central Mexico (Hill and Gould 1997). It … Continue reading

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Great-billed Seed-finch (Sporophila maximiliani): uplist from Vulnerable to Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Great-billed Seed-finch Great-billed Seed-finch is found on the Pacific slope of south America in southern and eastern Brazil and along the northernmost coast of Brazil into French Guiana north to eastern Venezuela. It is found in … Continue reading

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Black-bellied Seedeater (Sporophila melanogaster): uplist from Near Threatened to Vulnerable?

BirdLife species factsheet for Black-bellied Seedeater Black-bellied Seedeater is endemic to south-east Brazil, occurring in west Minas Gerais and south Goiás, south to Rio Grande do Sul. The species is listed as Near Threatened, approaching the thresholds for Vulnerable under … Continue reading

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Cone-billed Tanager (Conothraupis mesoleuca): downlist from Critically Endangered to Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Cone-billed Tanager The Cone-billed Tanager went undetected from 1938 to 2003, but was then rediscovered in gallery forest in Emas National Park, and has since been found at several sites along the Alto Rio Juruena, and … Continue reading

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Forbes’s Blackbird (Anumara forbesi): downlist from Endangered to Vulnerable?

BirdLife species factsheet for Forbes’s Blackbird Forbes’s Blackbird is currently known from widely scattered sites in Pernambuco, Alagoas and Minas Gerais, east and north-east Brazil, and has a very small and fragmented range. The population size has been preliminarily estimated … Continue reading

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Saffron-cowled Blackbird (Xanthopsar flavus) – uplist from Vulnerable to Endangered?

Saffron-cowled Blackbird Xanthopsar flavus is restricted to a few sites with wet grasslands and marshes in southern South America and distributed in four disjunct areas in Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Paraguay (Birdlife International 2015). It is currently listed as Vulnerable, … Continue reading

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White-winged Cotinga (Xipholena atropurpurea): downlist from Endangered to Vulnerable?

BirdLife species factsheet for White-winged Cotinga White-winged Cotinga is endemic to eastern Brazil, where it is now virtually confined to 13 protected areas. The species is currently listed as Endangered under B1ab(i,ii,iii,iv,v). The Extent of Occurrence (EOO) was estimated at … Continue reading

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Banded Cotinga (Cotinga maculata): uplist from Endangered to Critically Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Banded Cotinga Banded Cotinga Cotinga maculata is restricted to south-east Bahia and north Espírito Santo with two recent records from north-east Minas Gerais (Ribon et al. 2004). The species has not been recorded since the 19th century … Continue reading

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Black-capped Piprites (Piprites pileata): downlist from Vulnerable to Near Threatened?

BirdLife species factsheet for Black-capped Piprites Black-capped Piprites is found in south-east Brazil and north-eastern Argentina. In Brazil it has been found in Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul. In Argentina … Continue reading

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Brasilia Tapaculo (Scytalopus novacapitalis): uplist from Near Threatened to Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Brasilia Tapaculo Brasilia Tapaculo is endemic to Brazil, occurring in swampy gallery forest and dense streamside vegetation in Goiás, Distrito Federal and west Minas Gerais. The species is listed as Near Threatened, approaching the thresholds for … Continue reading

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Alagoas Tyrannulet (Phylloscartes ceciliae): uplist from Endangered to Critically Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Alagoas Tyrannulet Alagoas Tyrannulet is found in Alagoas and Pernambuco states, north-east Brazil. The species is listed as Endangered under B1ab(i,ii,iii,v); C2a(ii). The species is known from 10 locations within a very small, severely fragmented and … Continue reading

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Kaempfer’s Tody-tyrant (Hemitriccus kaempferi): downlist from EN to VU?

BirdLife species factsheet for Kaempfer’s Tody-tyrant Kaempfer’s Tody-tyrant is endemic to south-east Brazil, found in the states of Paraná and Santa Catarina. The species is listed as Endangered under A3c+4c. The population is estimated at 6,000-12,000 mature individuals and the … Continue reading

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Campo Miner (Geositta poeciloptera): uplist from Vulnerable to Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Campo Miner Campo Miner occurs within interior south-central Brazil (from São Paulo, where it is now considered extinct, north to Minas Gerais, Goiás and Mato Grosso), north-east Bolivia (north-east Santa Cruz in the Serranía de Huanchaca), … Continue reading

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Plumbeous Antvireo (Dysithamnus plumbeus): uplist from Vulnerable to Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Plumbeous Antvireo Plumbeous Antvireo is restricted to south-east Brazil from Bahia to Rio de Janeiro. It is listed as Vulnerable under A2c+3c+4c; B1ab(i,ii,iii,iv,v); C2a(i). The population is estimated to number 2,500-9,999 mature individuals based on an … Continue reading

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Rondonia Antwarbler / Warbling-antbird (Hypocnemis ochrogyna): uplist from LC to NT or VU?

BirdLife species factsheet for Rondonia Warbling-antbird Rondonia Antwarbler (formerly Rondonia Warbling-antbird) is a near endemic species to Brazil, found in the states of Rondônia and Mato Grosso and extending into north-east Bolivia. The species is listed as Least Concern. The … Continue reading

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Klages’s Antwren (Myrmotherula klagesi): uplist from NT to VU?

BirdLife species factsheet for Klages’s Antwren Klages’s Antwren is found in Roraima, Amazonas and Pará, Brazil. The species is listed as Near Threatened, approaching the criteria for B1ab(iii). It is known from a small range and is restricted to a specialised … Continue reading

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Pectoral Antwren (Herpsilochmus pectoralis): downlist from VU to NT or LC?

BirdLife species factsheet for Pectoral Antwren Pectoral Antwren is endemic to eastern Brazil, from Maranhão south to Bahia. The species is listed as Vulnerable under A2c+3c+4c; B1ab(i,ii,iii,iv,v); C2a(i). The widespread destruction of suitable deciduous forest has rapidly reduced this species’s … Continue reading

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Tapajos Hermit (Phaethornis aethopygus): uplist from Near Threatened to Vulnerable?

BirdLife species factsheet for Tapajos Hermit Tapajos Hermit is endemic to Brazil. It is known only from the vicinity of the Teles Pires, Tapajós and Xingu rivers, south of the Amazon (Piacentini et al. 2009). The species is listed as Near … Continue reading

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Helmeted Woodpecker (Hylatomus galeatus): uplist from VU to EN?

BirdLife species factsheet for Helmeted Woodpecker Helmeted Woodpecker is found in southern Brazil, eastern Paraguay and north-eastern Argentina. The species is listed as Vulnerable under A2c+3c+4c; C2a(i). Its small population is suspected to have suffered a rapid population reduction owing … Continue reading

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Kaempfer’s Woodpecker (Celeus obrieni): downlist from Endangered to Vulnerable?

BirdLife species factsheet for Kaempfer’s Woodpecker Kaempfer’s Woodpecker was rediscovered in 2006 after 80 years without a record, and has now been recorded at several widely-distributed sites across Maranhão, Piauí, Tocantins, Goiás and Mato Grosso in northeast Brazil. Given that … Continue reading

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White-collared Kite (Leptodon forbesi): downlist from Critically Endangered to Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for White-collared Kite White-collared Kite is endemic to north-east Brazil, where it has been recorded in Paraíba, Pernambuco, Alagoas and Sergipe. It inhabits Atlantic coastal rainforest (Bierregaard et al., 2016). The species is listed as Critically Endangered … Continue reading

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White-eared Parakeet (Pyrrhura leucotis): uplist from Near Threatened to Vulnerable?

BirdLife species factsheet for White-eared Parakeet White-eared Parakeet is endemic to south-eastern Brazil from Bahia south of the Jequitinhonha river, south to Espirito Santo, including south-eastern Minas Gerais, and formerly Sao Paulo, (del Hoyo et al. 1997, Juniper and Parr 1998, Forshaw, 2006, … Continue reading

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Grey-breasted Parakeet (Pyrrhura griseipectus): downlist from Critically Endangered to Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Grey-breasted Parakeet Grey-breasted Parakeet is known historically from 15 locations in Brazil (Anon. 2014). It now only occurs in three areas in Ceará state:  the Serra do Baturité, Quixadá (C. Albano in litt. 2006, Waugh et … Continue reading

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Blue-breasted Parrot (Pionus reichenowi): uplist from Least Concern to Vulnerable?

BirdLife species factsheet for Blue-breasted Parrot Blue-breasted Parrot is endemic to east Brazil, from Alagoas to Espírito Santo. The species is listed as Least Concern. The global population size has not been quantified but it is not thought to approach … Continue reading

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Vinaceous-breasted Amazon (Amazona vinacea): downlist from Endangered to Vulnerable?

BirdLife species factsheet for Vinaceous-breasted Amazon Vinaceous-breasted Amazon is found in Paraguay, southern Brazil and in north-east Argentina. The species is listed as Endangered under C2a(i). The population has been estimated at 600-1,700 mature individuals in 2009. A rapid and … Continue reading

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Red-browed Amazon (Amazona rhodocorytha): downlist from Endangered to Vulnerable?

BirdLife species factsheet for Red-browed Amazon The Red-browed Amazon is listed as Endangered under Criterion B1ab(i,ii,iii,v) owing to its severely fragmented and declining range and population. The species is rare and local in the isolated Atlantic forest fragments of east … Continue reading

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Lesser Nothura (Nothura minor): uplist from Vulnerable to Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Lesser Nothura The Lesser Nothura has been recorded from very few sites over a large range in south-central Brazil (S Mato Grosso, S Goiás and Minas Gerais S to São Paulo; possibly extinct in Santa Catarina), … Continue reading

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Dwarf Tinamou (Taoniscus nanus): uplist from Vulnerable to Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Dwarf Tinamou Dwarf Tinamou is found in central and south-eastern Brazil, with old isolated records from south-central Paraguay and north-east Argentina. In Brazil the few recent records of the species are from scattered localities where individuals … Continue reading

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Yemen Warbler (Sylvia buryi): downlist from Vulnerable to Near Threatened or Least Concern?

BirdLife species factsheet for Yemen Warbler This species occurs from 19°30’N in the southern Asir mountains in Saudi Arabia, south to 13°55’N at Jiblah in Yemen (Brooks 1987). The species can be locally common (Brooks 1987), and population densities (Jennings … Continue reading

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Yemen Thrush (Turdus menachensis): downlist from Vulnerable to Near Threatened or Least Concern?

BirdLife species factsheet for Yemen Thrush This species is endemic to the south-western Arabian Peninsula, occurring in Saudi Arabia and Yemen, north to 21°N (Bowden 1987). The population is estimated to number 2,500-9,999 mature individuals based on an assessment of … Continue reading

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Arabian Woodpecker (Dendropicos dorae): downlist from Vulnerable to Near Threatened or Least Concern?

BirdLife species factsheet for Arabian Woodpecker This species occurs locally in the Red Sea foothills and western ramparts of south-west Arabia (Winkler et al. 1995), from 13°N in Yemen to 26°N in Saudi Arabia (Jennings 2010). It is currently listed … Continue reading

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Gurney’s Sugarbird (Promerops gurneyi); Black-eared Sparrow-lark (Eremopterix australis); Drakensberg Rockjumper (Chaetops aurantius); Ground Woodpecker (Geocolaptes olivaceus); Sentinel Rock-thrush (Monticola explorator); Forest Buzzard (Buteo trizonatus): request for information

These species have all been recently assessed as Least Concern in the 2015 Eskom Red Data Book of Birds of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland (Taylor et al. 2015), and are endemic or near endemic to this region. However, range … Continue reading

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Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Pterocles orientalis) – request for information from Central Asia

Black-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles orientalis breeds in Iberia and NW Africa (including the Canary Islands), and from Turkey east through southern Central Asia to NW China, and south to Iran and Pakistan, with some birds wintering further south in the Middle … Continue reading

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Black Wheatear (Oenanthe leucura) – request for information from NW Africa

Black Wheatear Oenanthe leucura is a localised sedentary resident in rocky arid habitats in Iberia and NW Africa. It is currently listed as Least Concern, because when last assessed it was not thought to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under … Continue reading

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Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) – downlist from Near Threatened to Least Concern?

Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus breeds from Ukraine and SW Russia east through Kazakhstan to NW China and NW Mongolia (and irregularly farther N and W in Europe), and winters mainly in sub-Saharan Africa and S Asia (Orta & Christie 2015). … Continue reading

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The taxonomic treatment of the Little Shearwater (Puffinus assimilis)/Audubon’s Shearwater (P. lherminieri) complex is being revised, and P. bryani is being recognised as a species: request for information

BirdLife’s taxonomic treatment of the Little Shearwater Puffinus assimilis/Audubon’s Shearwater P. lherminieri complex is being revised to reflect improved understanding of their taxonomy, and P. bryani (Pyle et al. 2011) is to be recognised as a species. Continue reading

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Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) – request for information from North Pacific

Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) breeds in the North Atlantic, from NC Canada and NE USA east through Greenland to W & N Europe, and on to the Taymyr Peninsula and Severnaya Zemlya, wintering south to the Sargasso Sea and W … Continue reading

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Aleutian Tern (Onychoprion aleuticus, formerly Sterna aleutica): uplist to Vulnerable or Endangered?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2014 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2015. Current species factsheet for Aleutian Tern: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/speciesfactsheet.php?id=3285 Aleutian Tern Onychoprion aleuticus is currently listed as Least Concern … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Red-collared Myzomela (Myzomela rosenbergii) is being split: list M. rosenbergii as Least Concern and M. longirostris as Near Threatened?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Dull Flycatcher (Myiagra hebetior) is being split: list M. hebetior as Near Threatened or Vulnerable and M. eichhorni as Least Concern? Request for information for M. cervinicolor.

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Rufous-breasted Leaftosser (Sclerurus scansor) is being split: list S. scansor as Least Concern and S. cearensis as Vulnerable?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Azores Bullfinch (Pyrrhula murina): downlist from Endangered to Vulnerable?

Azores Bullfinch Pyrrhula murina is confined to the east of the island of São Miguel in the Azores (Portugal). It is currently listed as Endangered under Criteria B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii), as it occurs at only one locality (Pico da Vara/Ribeira do Guilherme … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Brown-backed Parrotlet (Touit melanonotus): downlist from Endangered to Vulnerable?

BirdLife species factsheet for Brown-backed Parrotlet Brown-backed Parrotlet is endemic to the states of Bahia, Espírito Santo, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Paraná in south-east Brazil. The species is listed as Endangered under C2a(i). The population is estimated at … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Orange-bellied Antwren (Terenura sicki): uplist from Endangered to Critically Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Orange-bellied Antwren Orange-bellied Antwren is endemic to north-east Brazil. It has been recorded in eight localities from the south-east escarpment of the Borborema plateau in Alagoas, north along this coastal range to Pernambuco. The species is … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Diamantina Tapaculo (Scytalopus diamantinensis): uplist from Near Threatened to Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Diamantina Tapaculo Diamantina Tapaculo is known only from the Chapada Diamantina, Bahia, Brazil (Bornschein et al. 2007).  The species is listed as Near Threatened, approaching the thresholds for B1ab(iii). The species’s Extent of Occurrence (EOO) is … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Buff-throated Purpletuft (Iodopleura pipra): uplist from Near Threatened to Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Buff-throated Purpletuft Buff-throated Purpletuft is found in north-east and south-east Brazil, in Paraíba, Pernambuco, Alagoas (A. Whittaker in litt. 1999), Bahia, Espírito Santo (E. O. Willis and Y. Oniki in litt. 1999), Rio de Janeiro and … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Sincora Antwren (Formicivora grantsaui): uplist from Near Threatened to Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Sincora Antwren Sincora Antwren is known only from the Serra do Sincorá in the Espinhaço Range, Diamantina region, Bahia, Brazil (Gonzaga et al. 2007). It is so far known from four localities: Morro do Pai Inácio, … Continue reading

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Consultation on a subset of potential taxonomic changes to passerines

Following the publication in 2014 of volume 1 of the Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International are now working on the second volume of the checklist, which covers the passerines and is scheduled … Continue reading

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Global IUCN Red List for birds – 2015 changes

Many thanks to all who contributed information and comments on this year’s reassessments. The 2015 Red List for birds was launched today, and the new assessments can be found at http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/search. You can read the BirdLife news story here: http://www.birdlife.org/worldwide/news/2015-red-list-vultures-shorebirds-and-other-iconic-species … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica) – uplist from Least Concern to Near Threatened or Vulnerable?

Rustic Bunting Emberiza rustica breeds in swampy boreal forests from Fennoscandia east through Siberia to NE Asia, and winters mainly in E Asia (Copete & Garcia 2014). It is currently listed as Least Concern, because when last assessed it was … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Red Knot (Calidris canutus): request for information

Red Knot (BirdLife factsheet) is a long-distance migrant shorebird, with six Arctic-breeding subspecies: C. c. canutus – CN Siberia, in Taymyr Peninsula and possibly Yakutia; winters in W & S Africa and S Asia. C. c. piersmai – New Siberian … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea): request for information

Curlew Sandpiper (BirdLife factsheet) breeds across Arctic Siberia from the Yamal Peninsula to Kolyuchinskaya Gulf (N Chukotskiy Peninsula), and winters from sub-Saharan Africa through Middle East and S & SE Asia to Australasia (van Gils and Wiersma 1996). Globally, it … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica): uplist to Vulnerable?

Bar-tailed Godwit (BirdLife factsheet) breeds across the Arctic from northern Europe through Siberia to Alaska, wintering along the coasts of western Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Globally, it has an extremely large … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris): uplist from Vulnerable to Endangered or Critically Endangered?

Great Knot (BirdLife factsheet) breeds in north-east Siberia, Russia, wintering mainly in Australia, but also throughout the coastline of South-East Asia and on the coasts of India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and the eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula (Van Gils et … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Far Eastern Curlew (Numenius madagascariensis): uplist from Vulnerable to Endangered or Critically Endangered?

Far Eastern Curlew (BirdLife factsheet) breeds in eastern Russia, from the upper reaches of the Nizhnyaya Tunguska river east though the Verkhoyarsk mountains to Kamchatka, and south to Primorye and north-eastern Mongolia (Van Gils & Wiersma 1996). The Yellow Sea … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis): uplist from Least Concern to Near Threatened?

Red-necked Stint (BirdLife factsheet) breeds in central and eastern Siberia, wintering in South East Asia and Australasia. The global population is estimated at 315,000 individuals, of which c.270,000 reach Australia in the non-breeding season. It is currently listed as Least … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Helmeted Hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil): Uplist to Vulnerable or Endangered?

Helmeted Hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil) (BirdLife species factsheet) is currently classified as Near Threatened as a result of a suspected moderate decline due to habitat loss and hunting pressure. The species occurs in primary semi-evergreen and evergreen lowland forest, up to … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Proposed status changes for six species of African vulture

African endemics: White-headed Vulture Trigonoceps occipitalis: uplist from Vulnerable to Critically Endangered? Hooded Vulture Necrosyrtes monachus: uplist from Endangered to Critically Endangered? White-backed Vulture Gyps africanus: uplist from Endangered to Critically Endangered? Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres: uplist from Vulnerable to … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Carpentarian Grasswren (Amytornis dorotheae): uplist from Near Threatened to Vulnerable?

Carpentarian Grasswren Amytornis dorotheae has a limited range in the hilly parts of north-western Queensland and the eastern Northern Territory of Australia. It is currently classified as Near Threatened as its total population is moderately small, with the vast majority … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Razorbill (Alca torda) – uplist from Least Concern to Near Threatened?

Razorbill Alca torda breeds in the temperate N Atlantic and adjacent parts of the Arctic Ocean, on both sides of the Atlantic, as far south as NW France, north as Svalbard and east to NW Russia, wintering along Atlantic coasts … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis) – downlist from Endangered to Near Threatened?

Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis breeds on the Siberian tundra, almost entirely within the Taymyr Peninsula, but also in the Gydan and Yamal Peninsulas, and winters in SE Europe and SW Asia, mainly on the north and west coasts of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Yelkouan Shearwater (Puffinus yelkouan) – downlist from Vulnerable to Least Concern?

Yelkouan Shearwater Puffinus yelkouan is endemic to the Mediterranean and Black Seas, breeding from S France and E Algeria east to Greece and Bulgaria; breeding is also suspected in Turkey, but still not proven (Carboneras et al. 2014). It is … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Armenian Gull (Larus armenicus) – uplist from Least Concern to Near Threatened?

Armenian Gull Larus armenicus breeds from the Caucasus through Armenia to W Turkey and NW Iran, and winters south to the E Mediterranean, N Red Sea and N Persian Gulf (Burger et al. 2015). It is currently listed as Least … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Audouin’s Gull (Larus audouinii) – downlist from Near Threatened to Least Concern?

Audouin’s Gull Larus audouinii breeds on Mediterranean coasts, with its main breeding areas at the Ebro Delta (NE Spain) and Chafarinas Islands (off NE Morocco), and scattered colonies from Portugal, Morocco and Algeria east to the Aegean Sea, S Turkey … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) – uplist from Least Concern to Endangered?

Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica breeds from NE & E Canada and NE USA east through Greenland to Jan Mayen, Spitsbergen and Novaya Zemlya, and south to Iceland, Fennoscandia, Faroes, Britain, Ireland and NW France; it winters at sea, mostly in … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) – uplist from Least Concern to Near Threatened or Vulnerable?

Common Eider Somateria mollissima is distributed over the northern coasts of Europe, North America, eastern Siberia and southern Greenland. It breeds in the Arctic and northern temperate regions, but its range expands during winter to as far south as New … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) – uplist from Least Concern to Vulnerable?

Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus breeds in both the Palearctic (from Iceland and the Baltic to Kamchatka, wintering from the North Sea to the Caspian Sea and off E Asia) and the Nearctic (from C Alaska to C Canada and NW … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Velvet Scoter (Melanitta fusca) – downlist from Endangered to Vulnerable?

Velvet Scoter Melanitta fusca breed in Scandinavia and Russia, east to the River Yenisey and south to Kazakhstan, with isolated populations in the Caucasus; it winters in the Baltic Sea and coastal W Europe, with some in the Black and … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Little Bustard (Tetrax tetrax) – uplist from Near Threatened to Vulnerable?

Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax breeds from Morocco and Iberia to France and Italy, and from Ukraine and SW Russia through Kazakhstan to NW China and N Iran, and winters from the Mediterranean zone through Turkey and Transcaucasia to Iran, and … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Caucasian Grouse (Lyrurus mlokosiewiczi) – downlist from Near Threatened to Least Concern?

Caucasian Grouse Lyrurus mlokosiewiczi is endemic to the Greater and Lesser Caucasus mountains. It is currently listed as Near Threatened, because when last assessed it was projected to undergo a moderately rapid population decline owing to road construction for tourism … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Redwing (Turdus iliacus) – uplist from Least Concern to Near Threatened?

Redwing Turdus iliacus breeds from Iceland east through N & E Europe and across much of Siberia, and winters in W & S Europe, N Africa, around the Black and Caspian Sea basins and in adjacent SW Asia (Collar & … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Iberian Green Woodpecker (Picus sharpei) – uplist from Least Concern to Near Threatened?

Iberian Green Woodpecker Picus sharpei is endemic to Spain, Portugal, the Pyrenees and extreme SW France. It was recently elevated to full species status, having previously been considered conspecific with Eurasian Green Woodpecker P. viridis (del Hoyo & Collar 2014). … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) – uplist from Least Concern to Near Threatened or Vulnerable?

Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus breeds from Europe, Turkey and NW Iran through W Russia and Kazakhstan to S & E Siberia, Mongolia and N China, and winters from W Europe, the E Atlantic islands and N Africa through the Mediterranean, … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: European Turtle-dove (Streptopelia turtur) – uplist from Least Concern to Near Threatened or Vulnerable?

European Turtle-dove Streptopelia turtur is a widespread migrant breeder across much of central and southern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, wintering mainly in the Sahel zone of Africa. It is currently listed as Least Concern, because … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) – uplist from Least Concern to Vulnerable?

Eurasian Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus has a wide range comprising four flyway populations: H. o. ostralegus breeds from Iceland and Scandinavia east to NW Russia, south through Britain to NW France, with isolated populations in the Mediterranean, and winters on coasts … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Great Snipe (Gallinago media) – downlist from Near Threatened to Least Concern?

Great Snipe Gallinago media breeds from Scandinavia east through the Baltic States, Poland and into Russia as far as the River Yenisey (95°E), and winters in sub-Saharan Africa (Van Gils et al. 2013). It is currently listed as Near Threatened, … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Cinereous Bunting (Emberiza cineracea) – uplist from Near Threatened to Vulnerable?

Cinereous Bunting Emberiza cineracea breeds in SW Iran, S Turkey and adjacent E Greek islands, and winters in Sudan, Eritrea and S Arabia (Madge 2011). It is currently listed as Near Threatened, because when last assessed its moderately small population … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: European Roller (Coracias garrulus) – downlist from Near Threatened to Least Concern?

European Roller Coracias garrulus breeds in NW Africa, SW, SC, SE and E Europe, and in the Middle East, Arabia and C Asia to SW Siberia, wintering in sub-Saharan Africa (Fry et al. 2014). It is currently listed as Near … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis) – request for information

Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis breeds widely from Eastern Europe through Central Asia to the steppes of Mongolia, and winters in Africa and western Asia. It is currently considered Least Concern because of its large range and population; population trends are … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Krueper’s Nuthatch (Sitta krueperi) – downlist from Near Threatened to Least Concern?

Krueper’s Nuthatch Sitta krueperi is endemic to Europe, occurring from extreme E Greece (Lesbos) through Turkey to extreme SW Russia and S Georgia. It is currently listed as Near Threatened, because when last assessed it was suspected to have undergone … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Semi-collared Flycatcher (Ficedula semitorquata) – downlist from Near Threatened to Least Concern?

Semi-collared Flycatcher Ficedula semitorquata breeds in SE Europe, from the Balkans east through Turkey, and from the Caucasus and Transcaucasus south to N & NW Iran, and winters in EC Africa, from extreme S Sudan south to W Tanzania (Taylor … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: European Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) – uplist from Least Concern to Near Threatened?

European Herring Gull Larus argentatus is endemic to Europe, breeding and wintering widely in the N and NW of the continent. It is currently listed as Least Concern, because when last assessed it was not thought to approach the thresholds … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) – uplist from Least Concern to Near Threatened or Vulnerable?

Common Pochard Aythya ferina breeds from W Europe eastwards through C Asia (in band at 40–60° N) to SC Siberia and N China to 120° E, and winters south to N & E Africa, India and S & E Asia … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis) – uplist from Least Concern to Near Threatened?

Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis is a widespread breeder in open habitats across much of central and northern Europe, wintering mainly in western and southern Europe, with some reaching coastal North Africa and the Middle East. It is currently listed as … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Black Lark (Melanocorypha yeltoniensis) – request for information from Central Asia

Black Lark Melanocorypha yeltoniensis breeds in SW Russia and N Kazakhstan, and winters south to the Black Sea, Caucasus, N Iran and southern Central Asia (Alström 2004). It is currently listed as Least Concern, because when last assessed it was … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Cory’s Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea) is being split: request for information on C. diomedea and C. borealis

Cory’s Shearwater Calonectris diomedea is being split into C. diomedea and C. borealis, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010) and consultation of genetic evidence (Gómez-Díaz et al. 2009, Genovart et al. 2013). Continue reading

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Revisions to HBW/BirdLife non-passerine and passerine taxonomy – background and guidelines

Following the publication of the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World Volume 1, HBW and BirdLife have now set up a process whereby anyone can contribute information or informed opinion on the taxonomic status … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Ogea Monarch (Mayrornis versicolor): downlist to Near Threatened or Least Concern?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2013 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2015. BirdLife species factsheet for Ogea Monarch Ogea Monarch Mayrornis versicolor is restricted to Ogea in the southern Lau Group, … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: West Indian Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna arborea): request for information

Surveys carried out in Cuba – the most significant part of the species’s range both in size and population numbers – have shown the species to be more widespread on the main island and adjacent offshore islands than was previously thought. Present knowledge suggests that the species does not meet the thresholds for Vulnerable under any of the IUCN Red List criteria and may warrant downlisting. Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Wahnes’s Parotia (Parotia wahnesi): downlist to Near Threatened?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2013 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2015. BirdLife species factsheet for Wahnes’s Parotia Wahnes’s Parotia Parotia wahnesi is known from the mountains of the Huon Peninsula … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Gundlach’s Hawk (Accipiter gundlachi): downlist to Vulnerable?

Gundlach’s Hawk (Accipiter gundlachi), endemic to Cuba, is proposed for downlisting from Endangered to Vulnerable if its population is now stable or increasing as suspected. Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Micronesian Imperial-pigeon (Ducula oceanica): uplist to Vulnerable?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2013 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2015. BirdLife species factsheet for Micronesian Imperial-pigeon Micronesian Imperial-pigeon Ducula oceanica occurs in the Micronesian islands of Palau, Yap, Chuuk, … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Northern Screamer (Chauna chavaria): request for information

Northern Screamer Chauna chavaria is endemic to the marshlands of northern Colombia and north-western Venezuela. It is listed as Vulnerable at the national level in the two countries in which it occurs, and may qualify as globally threatened. To confirm whether this is the case, more information is required, particularly on its status in Colombia, where the majority of the world population is found. Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Mexican Parrotlet (Forpus cyanopygius): uplist to Near Threatened or Vulnerable?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2013 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2015. BirdLife species factsheet for Mexican Parrotlet Mexican Parrotlet Forpus cyanopygius is restricted to Western Mexico. It is currently listed … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: White-breasted Thrasher (Ramphocinclus brachyurus): uplist to Critically Endangered?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2013 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2015. BirdLife species factsheet for White-breasted Thrasher White-breasted Thrasher Ramphocinclus brachyurus occurs as two subspecies: the nominate race is restricted … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Denham’s Bustard (Neotis denhami): request for information.

This discussion was first published as part of the 2013 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2015. BirdLife species factsheet for Denham’s Bustard Denham’s Bustard Neotis denhami occurs from southern Mauritania, Senegal and the Gambia, … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Everett’s Thrush (Zoothera everetti): uplist to Vulnerable?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2013 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2015. BirdLife species factsheet for Everett’s Thrush Everett’s Thrush Zoothera everetti is restricted to Borneo, where it is known … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Woodpecker Finch (Camarhynchus pallidus): uplist to Vulnerable?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2013 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2015. BirdLife species factsheet for Woodpecker Finch Woodpecker Finch Camarhynchus pallidus is restricted to the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador), where it … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: White-chinned Petrel (Procellaria aequinoctialis): uplist to Endangered?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2013 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2015. BirdLife Species Factsheet for White-chinned Petrel White-chinned Petrel Procellaria aequinoctialis is currently classified as Vulnerable under criterion … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Chestnut-capped Piha (Lipaugus weberi): does it qualify as Critically Endangered?

There is some confusion over the level of habitat fragmentation relevant to this species. Given the extremely small range size of this species, the incorporation of severe fragmentation into the Red List assessment would likely qualify the species for Critically Endangered under criterion B1 (cf. Fundación ProAves de Colombia 2011).

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