Author Archives: Andy Symes (BirdLife)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Carrizal Seedeater (Amaurospiza carrizalensis): new information requested.

Carrizal Seedeater Amaurospiza carrizalensis was only described in 2003, shortly after which habitat at the type locality was destroyed. Consequently the species was listed as Critically Endangered with a suspected global population of fewer than 50 individuals and declining. However, surveys in late 2007 and 2008 recorded the species in seven areas in the Caroní basin. Declines are still suspected because other potentially suitable habitat continues to be destroyed. However, the low number of records may be partly due to the difficulty in surveying its habitat. If the species has proven to be more common and widespread and its habitat less threatened than was initially feared then it may warrant downlisting to a lower category of threat. Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Tahiti Kingfisher (Todiramphus veneratus) is being split: list T. youngi as Near Threatened and T. veneratus as Least Concern?

The initial deadline for comments on this topic is 28 April 2014, and therefore later than for most other topics currently under discussion. This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Blue-throated Barbet (Megalaima asiatica) is being transferred into the genus Psilopogon and is being split: request for information on P. chersonesus

The initial deadline for comments on this topic is 28 April 2014, and therefore later than for most other topics currently under discussion. This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Grey-green Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus purpuratus) is being split: list P. purpuratus as Least Concern and P. chrysogaster as Near Threatened?

The initial deadline for comments on this topic is 28 April 2014, and therefore later than for most other topics currently under discussion. This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Green Racquet-tail (Prioniturus luconensis): uplist to Endangered?

The initial deadline for comments on this topic is 28 April 2014, and therefore later than for most other topics currently under discussion. Green Racquet-tail Prioniturus luconensis (BirdLife species factsheet) is currently classified as Vulnerable as it is suspected to … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: List newly-described Seram Masked-owl (Tyto almae) as Data Deficient?

The initial deadline for comments on this topic is 28 April 2014, and therefore later than for most other topics currently under discussion. This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: List newly-described Rinjani Scops-owl (Otus jolandae) as Vulnerable or Near Threatened?

The initial deadline for comments on this topic is 28 April 2014, and therefore later than for most other topics currently under discussion. This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: New Zealand Dotterel (Charadrius obscurus) is being split: list C. obscurus as Endangered and C. aquilonius as Near Threatened?

The initial deadline for comments on this topic is 28 April 2014, and therefore later than for most other topics currently under discussion. This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Gough Moorhen (Gallinula nesiotis) is being split: list G. nesiotis as Extinct and G. comeri as Vulnerable?

The initial deadline for comments on this topic is 28 April 2014, and therefore later than for most other topics currently under discussion. This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Tuamotu Sandpiper (Prosobonia cancellata) is being split: list P. cancellata as Extinct and P. parvirostris as Endangered?

The initial deadline for comments on this topic is 28 April 2014, and therefore later than for most other topics currently under discussion. This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Balsas Screech-owl (Megascops seductus): downlist to Least Concern?

Balsas Screech-owl Megascops seductus has a moderately small range in west-central Mexico, where it is a fairly common resident. It is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List because it was thought to have a restricted range that approaches the threshold for listing as Vulnerable, however this species has been mapped by Natureserve/BirdLife International as having an estimated Extent of Occurrence (EOO) of 80,200 km2, hence it does not appear to approach the IUCN thresholds and appears to warrant downlisting to Least Concern. Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Grey-tailed Tattler (Heteroscelus brevipes): uplist 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 2014. Link to BirdLife species factsheet for Grey-tailed Tattler Grey-tailed Tattler Heteroscelus brevipes is currently listed as Least Concern because … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: White-browed Antpitta (Hylopezus ochroleucus): downlist to Least Concern?

White-browed Antpitta Hylopezus ochroleucus is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List, however, this species has been mapped by Natureserve/BirdLife International as having an estimated Extent of Occurrence (EOO) of 546,000 km2, hence it appears to warrant downlisting to Least Concern. Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Black-and-chestnut Eagle (Spizaetus isidori): uplist to Endangered?

Black-and-chestnut Eagle (Spizaetus isidori) is proposed for uplisting to Endangered if all subpopulations are thought likely to number fewer than 250 mature individuals. Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Pernambuco Foliage-gleaner (Automolus lammi): newly-split

This discussion was first published on Jan 18 2011 as part of the 2011 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2014. Pernambuco Foliage-gleaner Automolus lammi has been split from White-eyed Foliage-gleaner A. leucopthalmus following … Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: White-winged Flufftail (Sarothrura ayresi): uplist to Critically Endangered?

White-winged Flufftail Sarothrura ayresi occurs in Ethiopia (currently three sites in the central highlands, the only known breeding area for this species) (Taylor and van Perlo 1998, Taylor 1998, 1999), Zimbabwe (one record in 1988 [Hustler and Irwin 1995], two … Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: White-capped Albatross (Thalassarche steadi): uplist to Vulnerable?

BirdLife Species Factsheet for White-capped Albatross White-capped Albatross Thalassarche steadi has been listed as Near Threatened (approaching the thresholds for Vulnerable under criterion A2de, A3de, A4de) since 2007, when Diomedea cauta was split into Thalassarche steadi and T. cauta. The … Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Grey-headed Albatross (Thalassarche chrysostoma): uplist to Endangered?

BirdLife Species Factsheet for Grey-headed Albatross Grey-headed Albatross Thalassarche chrysostoma is currently listed as Vulnerable under criterion A4bd on the basis of an estimated population decline of 30-49% over three generations (90 years).  This estimate is based on documented declines … Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Black-browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophrys): downlist to Near Threatened?

BirdLife Species Factsheet for Black-browed Albatross Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophrys is currently listed as Endangered under criterion A4bd on the basis of a projected ongoing population decline of more than 50% over three generations (65 years). Around 70% of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes): downlist to Near Threatened?

BirdLife Species Factsheet for Black-footed Albatross Black-footed Albatross Phoebastria nigripes breeds on the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (USA), the US Minor Outlying Islands and three outlying islands of Japan, colonies having been lost from other Pacific islands. The species is currently … Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Amsterdam Albatross (Diomedea amsterdamensis): downlist to Endangered?

BirdLife Species Factsheet for Amsterdam Albatross Amsterdam Albatross Diomedea amsterdamensis breeds only on Amsterdam Island (French Southern Territories) in the southern Indian Ocean. Snce 1994 it has been listed as Critically Endangered under criteria (B2ab(v); C2a(ii)), since it was estimated … Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Philippine Cockatoo (Cacatua haematuropygia): what is the population trend over the past three generations?

Comments on the rate of population change of Philippine Cockatoo (Cacatua haematuropygia) over the past 39 years are sought to determine whether the species still warrants classification as Critically Endangered. Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Cheer Pheasant (Catreus wallichi): uplist to Endangered?

Cheer Pheasant (Catreus wallichi) is currently classified as Vulnerable but may warrant uplisting to Endangered if its population is now estimated to number fewer than 2,500 mature individuals, all in very small, isolated subpopulations and undergoing declines. Continue reading

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Archived: Consultation on forthcoming Lynx-BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist

Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International are planning to publish a taxonomic checklist of the birds of the world, building off the Handbook of the Birds of the World series, and BirdLife’s annually updated taxonomic checklist. Information and comment is now sought on a subset of potential ‘splits’ and ‘lumps’, particularly those for which acoustic and/or behavioural information may be critical in determining the appropriate taxonomic status. Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Pileated Flycatcher (Xenotriccus mexicanus): downlist to Least Concern?

Pileated Flycatcher Xenotriccus mexicanus is listed as Near Threatened, however, this species has been mapped by Natureserve/BirdLife International as having an estimated Extent of Occurrence (EOO) of 113,000 km2, hence it does not appear to approach the IUCN thresholds and appears to warrant downlisting to Least Concern. Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Lesser Masked-owl (Tyto sororcula): reassess as Vulnerable?

Lesser Masked-owl Tyto sororcula is currently treated as Data Deficient because most records are from the 19th or early 20th century. given the rate of habitat loss within its range it seems prudent to reclassify the species as Vulnerable under criterion A2 owing to suspected rapid population declines in excess of 30% over the past three generations. Comments on the species’s current status are welcomed. Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: São Francisco Sparrow (Arremon franciscanus): downlist to Least Concern?

São Francisco Sparrow Arremon franciscanus is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List, however, this species has been mapped by Natureserve/BirdLife International as having an estimated Extent of Occurrence (EOO) of 56,100 km2, hence it appears to warrant downlisting to Least Concern. Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Pale-throated Pampa-finch (Embernagra longicauda): downlist to Least Concern?

Pale-throated Pampa-finch Embernagra longicauda is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List, however, this species has been mapped by Natureserve/BirdLife International as having an estimated Extent of Occurrence (EOO) of 145,000 km2, hence it appears to warrant downlisting to Least Concern. Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Rufous Crab-hawk (Buteogallus aequinoctialis): uplist to Vulnerable?

Rufous Crab-hawk Buteogallus aequinoctialis is currently considered Least Concern on the IUCN Red List, however recent data on the extent of mangrove cover suggests that the species may be eligible for uplisting. Comments on current rates of mangrove loss and whether population declines are likely to have occurred at the stipulated rates are welcomed. Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Maroon-faced Parakeet (Pyrrhura leucotis): redefinition of species limits requires reassessment of Red List status

This discussion was first published on Dec 3 2010 as part of the 2010-2011 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2013. A large-scale re-evaluation of species limits among Pyrrhura parakeets has resulted in, amongst … Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Glow-throated Hummingbird (Selasphorus ardens): uplist to Endangered?

Glow-throated Hummingbird Selasphorus ardens is currently listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List , however recent information suggests that deforestation for subsistence agriculture is severely affecting the core of the species’s range and the species may now warrant uplisting to Endangered. Comments on this proposed uplisting are welcomed. Continue reading

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Archived: Preliminary decisions for the 2012 Red List

2012 forum topics provisional decisions The attached spreadsheet lists preliminary decisions for the 2012 Red List. Please use the filters to look for your region or species group of interest. There will now be a further final opportunity to make … Continue reading

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Archived 2011-2012 topics: Edwards’s Pheasant (Lophura edwardsi): request for information

Edwards’s Pheasant, Lophura edwardsi, is endemic to the lowland forests of central Vietnam and is currently listed as Endangered; comments are sought on the species, in particular whether its total population size is likely to now number fewer than 250 mature individuals, in order to determine whether it may warrant uplisting to Critically Endangered. Continue reading

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Archived 2011-2012 topics: Palkachupa Cotinga: newly-split and Endangered or Vulnerable?

Palkachupa Cotinga Phibalura boliviana has recently been split from P. flavirostris: it is restricted to a small area of c650 km2 in western Bolivia within which the total population has been estimated at 600-800 individuals, suggesting that categorisation as Endangered or Vulnerable may be most appropriate. Continue reading

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Archived 2011-2012 topics: Little Bustard (Tetrax tetrax): what are the trends in Russia and Central Asia?

The Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax has a Palaearctic distribution and two geographically separated breeding populations: the western (found in the EU); and eastern (breeding in western and central Asia). It is currently classified as Near Threatened under criterion A on the IUCN Red List, because it is suspected to have undergone a moderately rapid global population decline approaching 30% over three generations. If the global population is suspected to be undergoing an overall decline at a rate of 30-49% in 30 years, the global status of Little Bustard would need to be revised to Vulnerable. To re-evaluate its status, more data are needed about the size and trends of populations in the east, particularly from Russia and Central Asia. Continue reading

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Archived 2011-2012 topics: Input required on proposal to uplist a suite of Amazonian birds owing to predicted declines from projected forest loss

To date, c.18% of Amazonia’s tropical forest has been cleared (INPE 2011) and models have been developed projecting up to 40% forest loss by 2050 (Soares-Filho et al., 2006). A recent study used these published models to project rates of population decline in Amazonian birds (Bird et al. 2011, pdf attached), and apply these to the Red List A4 criterion. Continue reading

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Archive of forum discussions 2002-2010

An archive of all Globally Threatened Bird forum discussions from 2002-2010 is now available to view in the attached spreadsheet. Continue reading

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Archived 2011-2012 topics: Knobbed Hornbill (Aceros cassidix) and Sulawesi Hornbill (Penelopides exarhatus): uplist to Near Threatened?

Knobbed Hornbill Aceros cassidix and Sulawesi Hornbill Penelopides exarhatus are both currently listed as Least Concern. However, a recent reanalysis by Kinnaird and O’Brien (2007) has suggested that both species are declining at rates approaching 30% over ten years/ three generations based on recent and ongoing rates of habitat loss on Sulawesi. Comment and information relevant to the proposal to uplist these species would be welcome. Continue reading

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Archived 2011-2012 topics: Colima Warbler Vermivora crissalis: downlist to Least Concern?

Colima Warbler Vermivora crissalis is currently listed as Near Threatened, however there appears to be no evidence that the species’s population is declining moderately rapidly and its Extent of Occurrence is estimated to be 100,000 km2. Furthermore, there do not appear to be any current severe threats and the species is tolerant of some habitat disturbance. Therefore, it does not appear to approach the Red List thresholds for either criteria and it may require downlisting to Least Concern. Continue reading

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Archived 2011-2012 topics: Red-bellied Grackle (Hypopyrrhus pyrohypogaster): does this species merit downlisting?

Red-bellied Grackle Hypopyrrhus pyrohypogaster is currently listed as Endangered. If new records of the species can justify increasing the estimated EOO to over 5,000 km2 and increasing the global population estimate to over 2,500 individuals the species would warrant downlisting to Vulnerable. Comments on this possible reclassification are welcomed, particularly with reference to the species’s range size, the area of suitable habitat and the population size. Continue reading

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Archived 2011-2012 topics: Purple-naped Lory (Lorius domicella): uplist to Endangered?

Purple-naped Lory Lorius domicella is currently listed as Vulnerable because it is assumed to have a small population of fewer than 10,000 mature individuals that is declining.
On limited available evidence it seems plausible that the population has declined to fewer than 2,500 mature individuals and given the threats a continuing decline is likely. This would qualify the species as Endangered if all sub-populations support fewer than 250 mature individuals. Comments on the likely population size and structure, and its status on Ambon and elsewhere in South Maluku are invited to accurately assess this species’s status. Continue reading

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Archived 2011-2012 topics: Baer’s Pochard (Aythya baeri): request for information

Baer’s Pochard Aythya baeri is currently classified as Endangered. Unconfirmed reports from eastern China suggest as many as 3,000 individuals may be hunted every year. If there was sufficient reason to believe the global population of Baer’s Pochard may have declined at a rate of at least 80% over three generations (23 years), then the species should be reassessed as Critically Endangered. Up to date counts from either breeding, passage or wintering sites would be extremely useful in enabling us to estimate population trends in this species. Continue reading

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Archived 2011-2012 topics: Sucre Antpitta (Grallaricula cumanensis): newly-split and globally threatened

Sucre Antpitta Grallaricula cumanensis has been split from Slate-crowned Antpitta G. nana following SACC (2010), and is suspected to qualify as either Vulnerable or Endangered. Comments on the number of locations, degree of fragmentation and rate of habitat loss within the altitudinal range of this species, together with estimates of the likely population size, are welcomed. Continue reading

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Archived: Reassessments of Australian endemic species postponed until 2012 update

Please note that reassessments of all Australian endemic species previously proposed for changes of status in 2011 have now been postponed until the 2012 Red List update in order to await a finalised version of the updated Action Plan for Australian Birds. … Continue reading

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2011 Red List final decisions

The discussion period for the 2011 Red List has now finished and final decisions have been taken – these decisions will be incorporated into the 2011 Red List, which will be released by BirdLife in May 2011, and by IUCN … Continue reading

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Archived 2011-2012 topics: Proposed revisions to Australian endemics based on reassessments in The Action Plan for Australian Birds 2010

The following Australian endemic species have been proposed for global reassessment following publication of a comprehensive reassessment of the status of Australian birds (Garnett, S.T., Szabo, J. 2011 and Dutson, G. Action Plan for Australian Birds 2010. CSIRO, Melbourne) Reassessment … Continue reading

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2011 Red List draft decisions

The attached spreadsheets list the draft decisions for the 2011 IUCN Red List. There is now a final opportunity for comments on these proposals prior to a final deadline of 21 February 2011. Africa 2010-2011 Americas 2010-2011 Asia 2010-2011 Europe … Continue reading

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Archived 2010-2011 topics: Black-backed Thornbill (Ramphomicron dorsale) and Santa Marta Wren (Troglodytes monticola): uplist both to Endangered?

Black-backed Thornbill Ramphomicron dorsale is endemic to the Santa Marta Mountains of Colombia, where it occurs from 2,000-4,600 m.  It is currently classified as Least Concern but its Extent of Occurrence has recently been estimated at 2,600 km2. Santa Marta … Continue reading

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Archived 2010-2011 topics: Tucumán Amazon (Amazona tucumana): uplist to Vulnerable?

Tucumán Amazon Amazona tucumana is restricted to the southern Yungas mountains from south-eastern Bolivia to north-western Argentina. It is currently classified as Near Threatened as its population is suspected to be declining moderately rapidly owing to habitat loss and capture … Continue reading

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Archived 2010-2011 topics: Pale-throated Wren-babbler (Spelaeornis kinneari): uplist to Vulnerable?

Pale-throated Wren-babbler Spelaeornis kinneari is currently classified as Least Concern, however, overall forest loss within its small range means that it is likely to exceed the threshold for classification as Vulnerable. Continue reading

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Archived 2010-2011 topics: White-throated Wren-babbler (Rimator pasquieri): uplist to Endangered?

White-throated Wren-babbler Rimator pasqueri is restricted to the Hoang Lien mountains of north-west Vietnam, and is currently classified as Least Concern, however its very small known range within which it is suspected to be declining, suggest it may warrant uplisting to Endangered. Continue reading

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Archived 2010-2011 topics: Bahama Oriole (Icterus northropi): newly-split and Critically Endangered or Endangered?

Icterus dominicensis has been been split into four species including Bahama Oriole I. northropi, which appears to have a declining population numbering fewer than 250 mature individuals. It would therefore qualify as Endangered or Critically Endangered depending on the subpopulation structure. Continue reading

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Archived 2010-2011 topics: Collared Petrel (Pterodroma brevipes): uplist to Vulnerable?

Collared Petrel Pterodroma brevipes is currently listed as Near Threatened, however on current available information it appears to meet the critera for listing as Vulnerable under C2a(i) i.e. <10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline and no known population supporting >1,000 individuals. Continue reading

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Archived 2010-2011 topics: Madeira Laurel Pigeon (Columba trocaz): downlist to Least Concern?

Madeira Laurel Pigeon Columba trocaz is currently classified as Near Threatened, however implementation of conservation measures has led to a significant recovery of the species’s population and range such that it no longer approaches the Red List thresholds to be considered as threatened. It is therefore proposed to revise its status to Least Concern Continue reading

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Archived 2010-2011 topics: Blue Chaffinch (Fringilla teydea): downlist to Least Concern?

Blue Chaffinch Fringilla teydea is currently listed as Near Threatened, however an increase in the species’s range on Tenerife strongly suggests that its overall population size has also increased. Notwithstanding the precarious state of the Gran Canaria subspecies, this suggests that the global status of the species ought to be revised to Least Concern. Continue reading

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Archived 2010-2011 topics: Fuerteventura Stonechat (Saxicola dacotiae): reclassify as Near Threatened or Least Concern?

Fuerteventura Stonechat Saxicola dacotiae is currently listed as Endangered, however a revised population estimate, improved knowledge of its habitat preferences, and lack of any evidence for overall decline, suggest that the global status of the species ought to be revised to either Near Threatened or Least Concern. Continue reading

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Archived 2010-2011 topics: White-tailed Laurel Pigeon (Columba junoniae): downlist to Near Threatened or Least Concern?

White-tailed Laurel Pigeon Columba junoniae is currently listed as Endangered, However, data collated in 2010 show that its Area of Occupancy (and presumably its population) has increased in the last 20 years and its global status may best be revised to Near Threatened or Least Concern. Continue reading

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