Author Archives: James Westrip (BirdLife)

Re-assessment of Species against Criterion B1: Red List Implications of the use of Minimum Convex Polygons

IUCN define the Extent of Occurrence (EOO) of a species as “the area contained within the shortest continuous imaginary boundary which can be drawn to encompass all the known, inferred or projected sites of present occurrence of a taxon, excluding … Continue reading

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Species to be potentially uplisted after a reassessment of species against criterion B2, following Tracewski et al. (2016)

Assessments against criterion B2 require the Area of Occupancy (AOO) to meet a threshold size (<10km2 for Critically Endangered; <500km2 for Endangered; <2,000km2 for Vulnerable; no threshold set by IUCN for Near Threatened but for this analysis one was arbitrarily … Continue reading

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Proposed Status Changes of Forest-dependent Species

Background A recent study by Tracewski et al. (2016) used the open-access Global Forest Change map (Hansen et al. 2013) to assess forest cover and loss between 2000 and 2012 within the range of over 11,000 species of forest-dependent birds, … Continue reading

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Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus): uplist from Least Concern to Vulnerable?

Snowy Owl, Bubo scandiacus, is currently listed as Least Concern as it has not been thought to approach the threshold for listing as Vulnerable under any criterion. It has a very large range spanning across predominantly Arctic regions in the … Continue reading

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Yellow-naped Amazon (Amazona auropalliata): request for information.

Yellow-naped Amazon, Amazona auropalliata, occurs on the Pacific slope of southern Mexico through to northern Costa Rica, as well as in north-east Nicaragua into north-east Honduras, and the Bay Islands of Honduras (Juniper and Parr 1988, see Taylor 2013). It … Continue reading

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Nicobar Scops-owl (Otus alius): sufficient information for listing?

BirdLife Species factsheet for Nicobar Scops-owl: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/nicobar-scops-owl-otus-alius   Nicobar Scops-owl, Otus alius, is an endemic species of the Nicobar Islands. It is currently listed as Data Deficient on the basis that there had only an extremely limited number of reports … Continue reading

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Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus): downlist to Least Concern?

BirdLife Species factsheet for Red-headed Woodpecker: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/red-headed-woodpecker-melanerpes-erythrocephalus   Red-headed Woodpecker, Melanerpes erythrocephalus, is endemic to North America, found in central through to eastern U.S.A. and the extreme south of Canada. Occurring in mature lowland forest and using dead trees for … Continue reading

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Black-browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophris): downlist to Least Concern?

Black-browed Albatross, Thalassarche melanophris, ranges from subtropical to polar waters in the southern hemisphere (ACAP 2009). It breeds on islands throughout its circumpolar distribution, with breeding occurring on the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), multiple islands to Chile, South Georgia (Georgias … Continue reading

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Luzon Water-redstart (Phoenicurus bicolor): uplist to Endangered?

Luzon Water-redstart, Phoenicurus bicolor, is endemic to the island of Luzon, Philippines, where it occurs mainly in the Cordillera Central but also Sierra Madre mountains. It is restricted in its habitat to undisturbed, clear, fast-flowing waters which makes it particularly … Continue reading

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Northern Cassowary (Casuarius unappendiculatus): downlist to Near Threatened/Least Concern?

BirdLife Species factsheet for Northern Cassowary: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/northern-cassowary-casuarius-unappendiculatus Northern Cassoway, Casuarius unappendiculatus, is found only in the lowlands of northern New Guinea, in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, inhabiting forest and swamps (Coates 1985. Beehler et al. 1986). Its habitat is slowly declining … Continue reading

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Polynesian Imperial-pigeon (Ducula aurorae): downlist to Vulnerable?

BirdLife Species factsheet for Polynesian Imperial-pigeon: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/polynesian-imperial-pigeon-ducula-aurorae   Polynesian Imperial-pigeon, Ducula aurorae, is currently listed as Endangered under criterion D on the basis that it has been estimated to have a very small population, and probably only occurs on only … Continue reading

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Red-fronted Macaw (Ara rubrogenys): uplist from Endangered to Critically Endangered?

BirdLife Species factsheet for Red-fronted Macaw: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/red-fronted-macaw-ara-rubrogenys   Red-fronted Macaw (Ara rubrogenys) is currently listed as Endangered under criterion C2a(i) on that basis that it is thought to have a very small and declining population, with each subpopulation being extremely … Continue reading

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New Guinea Flightless Rail (Megacrex inepta): downlist to Least Concern?

BirdLife Species factsheet for New Guinea Flightless Rail: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/new-guinea-flightless-rail-megacrex-inepta   New Guinea Flightless Rail is endemic to the island of New Guinea occurring in lowland and swamp forest, mangroves, and wet thickets in both Papua New Guinea and West Papua, … Continue reading

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Coxen’s Fig-parrot (Cyclopsitta coxeni): downlist to Endangered?

Coxen’s Fig-parrot, C. coxeni, was recently split from Double-eyed Fig-parrot, C. diophthalma and listed as Critically Endangered under criterion C2a(i) on the basis that it likely has a very small population, and there is a chance that it may be … Continue reading

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Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius): downlist to Least Concern?

Southern Cassowary, Casuarius casuarius, has a wide distribution, occurring in New Guinea (both in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea) and north-eastern Australia. It inhabits predominantly rainforest, but may also occasionally be seen in adjacent habitats such as fruit plantations, savannah … Continue reading

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Cape Gannet (Morus capensis): uplist to Endangered?

Cape Gannet Morus capensis is a breeding endemic species of coastal southern Africa, breeding on 6 islands in total. These sites are evenly split between South Africa (Bird [Algoa Bay], Malgas and Bird [Lambert’s Bay] Islands) and Namibia (Ichaboae, Mercury … Continue reading

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Blue Crane (Anthropoides paradiseus): downlist to Near Threatened?

Blue Crane Anthropoides paradiseus is endemic to southern Africa with the majority of the global population found in South Africa, a small population in Namibia (c.35 individuals at Etosha [Simmons et al. 2006, K. Morrison in litt. 2012]), and rare sightings in Lesotho … Continue reading

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White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala): request for information.

White-headed Duck, Oxyura leucocephala, has a very patchy distribution across Eurasia and into northern Africa. There is a small resident population in Spain, and northern Africa, but the majority of the population is migratory and is found further east, in … Continue reading

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Wallace’s Owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles wallacii): list as Least Concern?

BirdLife Species factsheet for Wallace’s Owlet-nightjar: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/wallaces-owlet-nightjar-aegotheles-wallacii Wallace’s Owlet-nightjar, Aeotheles wallacii, is currently listed as Data Deficient. It is known from New Guinea (Indonesia and Papua New Guinea), and has been recorded from the Aru Islands. On New Guinea it … Continue reading

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Italian Sparrow (Passer italiae): uplist to Vulnerable?

Italian Sparrow, Passer italiae, is a recently split species that is currently listed as Least Concern as it was not thought to approach the threshold for Vulnerable under any criterion. This species has a moderately large range, occurring throughout Italy, … Continue reading

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Green Warbler-finch (Certhidea olivacea): uplist to Vulnerable?

Green Warbler-finch, Certhidea olivacea, is a recently-split species endemic to the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador, and is found only on the islands of Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, Santiago, Baltra, Pinzón and Rábida (del Hoyo and Collar 2016) (Extent of Occurrence measured … Continue reading

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Golden-cheeked Warbler (Setophaga chrysoparia): downlist to Least Concern?

Golden-cheeked Warbler (Setophaga chrysoparia) is a Neotropical migrant species that is a breeding endemic to Texas, U.S.A., and overwinters in southern Mexico and Central America. Dependent on juniper-oak woodland during breeding (Lockwood 1996), its Area of Occupancy (AOO) is currently … Continue reading

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Sierra Leone Prinia (Schistolais leontica): request for information.

BirdLife species factsheet for Sierra Leone Prinia: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/sierra-leone-prinia-schistolais-leontica   Sierra Leone Prinia, Schistolais leontica (formerly White-eyed Prinia, Prinia leontica) is currently listed as Vulnerable under criteria B1ab(i,ii,iii,v); C2a(i) on the basis that it has a small and localised distribution which … Continue reading

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Westland Petrel (Procellaria westlandica): request for information.

Westland Petrel, Procellaria westlandica, is known only to breed in the densely forested coastal foothills of Punakaiki, South Island, New Zealand (Best and Owen 1976, ACAP 2012). The most recent estimate of population size is 2,954-5,137 annual breeding pairs (Wood … Continue reading

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Papuan Boobook (Uroglaux dimorpha): list as Least Concern?

BirdLife Species factsheet for Papuan Boobook: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/papuan-boobook-uroglaux-dimorpha   The Papuan Boobook is widely but sparsely distributed across New Guinea (Indonesia and Papua New Guinea) and some offshore islands. It is generally found in lowland forest, although it may also occur … Continue reading

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Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus): uplist to Near Threatened or Vulnerable?

Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) is currently considered Least Concern on the basis that it was not thought to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under any of the Red List criteria. It has a very large, trans-Atlantic distribution, being found … Continue reading

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Celestial Monarch (Hypothymis coelestis): request for information

Celestial Monarch Hypothymis coelestis is endemic to the Philippines. Most recent records come from Mindanao (R. Hutchinson in litt. 2016), but there have been records also from Luzon, Negros, Sibuyan, Samar, Dinagat, Basilan and Tawitawi (Collar et al. 1999, B. Tabaranza in litt. … Continue reading

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Forest Owlet (Heteroglaux blewetti): downlist from Critically Endangered to Endangered?

Forest Owlet, Heteroglaux blewetti, is currently considered Critically Endangered under criterion C2a(i) on the basis that it has a very small population which is likely declining as a result of habitat loss, and consists of multiple very small subpopulations (BirdLife … Continue reading

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Romblon Boobook (Ninox spilonotus): request for information.

BirdLife Species factsheet for Romblon Boobook: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/romblon-boobook-ninox-spilonotus   Romblon Boobook, Ninox spilonotus, is a recently-split hawk-owl endemic to the Philippines. It is found in primary and taller secondary forest on the islands of Tablas and Sibuyan, with unconfirmed reports of … Continue reading

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Plains-wanderer (Pedionomus torquatus): uplist to Critically Endangered?

Plains-wanderer, Pedionomus torquatus, is endemic to Australia, recorded from north-central Victoria, north-eastern South Australia, southern New South Wales around the Riverina, and west-central Queensland (Barrett et al. 2003, Commonwealth of Australia 2016). It is currently listed as Endangered under criterion … Continue reading

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Ultramarine Lorikeet (Vini ultramarine): uplist to Critically Endangered?

BirdLife Species factsheet for Ultramarine Lorikeet: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/ultramarine-lorikeet-vini-ultramarina   Ultramarine Lorikeet, Vini ultramarina, is endemic to the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia. Once occurring on several islands in the group it has gone extinct on all bar one of these. On Ua … Continue reading

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Sichuan Treecreeper (Certhia tianquanensis): downlist from Near Threatened to Least Concern?

BirdLife Species factsheet for Sichuan Treecreeper: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/sichuan-treecreeper-certhia-tianquanensis   Sichuan Treecreeper, Certhia tianquanensis, is currently listed as Near Threatened on the basis that it has been thought to have a moderately small range, within which habitat quality may be declining (BirdLife … Continue reading

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White-bellied Barbet (Lybius leucogaster): uplist to Endangered or Vulnerable?

BirdLife species factsheet for White-bellied Barbet: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/white-bellied-barbet-lybius-leucogaster   White-bellied Barbet, Lybius leucogaster, is currently listed as Least Concern on the basis that it was thought that it did not approach the threshold for Vulnerable under any criterion. This species is … Continue reading

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Iberian (Southern) Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis): uplist to Vulnerable?

Prior to del Hoyo and Collar (2016), the Iberian (Southern) Grey Shrike, Lanius meridionalis, was treated by BirdLife as a subspecies of L. excubitor, and by Handbook of the Birds of the World as a separate species that included Iberian, … Continue reading

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Mayr’s Forest-rail (Rallicula mayri): list as Least Concern?

BirdLife Species factsheet for Mayr’s Forest-rail: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/mayrs-forest-rail-rallicula-mayri   Mayr’s Forest-rail, Rallicula mayri, is currently listed as Data Deficient. This species was formerly known from specimens from montane forest in the north of New Guinea (Cyclops, Bewani, and Torricelli) in both … Continue reading

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Black Rosy-finch (Leucosticte atrata): uplist to Vulnerable or Endangered?

Black Rosy-finch, Leucosticte atrata, is currently listed as Least Concern on the basis that it had not been considered to approach the threshold for Vulnerable under any criterion. This species is endemic to the U.S.A., breeding on montane and submontane … Continue reading

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Obscure Berrypecker (Melanocharis arfakiana): list as Least Concern?

BirdLife Species factsheet for Obscure Berrypecker: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/obscure-berrypecker-melanocharis-arfakiana   Obscure Berrypecker, Melanocharis arfakiana, is endemic to the island of New Guinea (Papua New Guinea and Indonesia) and is currently listed as Data Deficient (see BirdLife International 2017). Historically, it was known … Continue reading

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Philippa’s Crombec (Sylvietta philippae): list as Least Concern?

BirdLife Species Factsheet for Philippa’s Crombec: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/philippas-crombec-sylvietta-philippae Philippa’s Crombec is currently considered Data Deficient. It is known from Somalia and Ethiopia (EOO currently estimated at 395,000km2), occurring in the north-west and west of Somalia and the adjacent parts of Ethiopia … Continue reading

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Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus): downlist to Near Threatened?

Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus breeds predominantly in south-east Europe and central Asia, with breeding taking place in at least 12 countries (see Catsadorakis and Portolou 2017). During the non-breeding season, individuals in western populations migrate to the Mediterranean; individuals from … Continue reading

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Lesser Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus): downlist from Vulnerable to Near Threatened?

Lesser Prairie-chicken, Tympanuchus pallidicinctus, is currently listed as Vulnerable under criteria A2bcd+3bcd+4bcd on the basis of long-term and rapid population declines (BirdLife International 2017). It is endemic to U.S.A., occurring in the states of Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas and New … Continue reading

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Firethroat (Calliope pectardens): request for information.

Firethroat, Calliope pectardens, is a relatively poorly-known species, with reports during the breeding season from Sichuan, Yunnan and Tibet, China, and Arunchal Pradesh, India (Alström et al. 2013). In the non-breeding season the species may venture further into India, Bangladesh, … Continue reading

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Ouvea Parakeet (Eunymphicus uvaeensis): downlist to Vulnerable?

BirdLife Species factsheet for Ouvea Parakeet: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/ouvea-parakeet-eunymphicus-uvaeensis   Endemic to the island of Ouvea, French Polynesia, Ouvea Parakeet, Eunymphicus uvaeensis, is currently listed as Endangered under criterion B1ab(iii) as it was believed to be restricted to a small area of … Continue reading

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San Cristobal Dwarf-kingfisher (Ceyx gentianus): downlist to Least Concern?

BirdLife Species factsheet for San Cristobal Dwaf-kingfisher: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/san-cristobal-dwarf-kingfisher-ceyx-gentianus   San Cristobal Dwarf-kingfisher (Ceyx gentianus) has been recently split from C. lepidus and is restricted to the island of Makira (formerly San Cristobal) in the Solomon Islands. The species can be … Continue reading

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Antipodean Albatross (Diomedea antipodensis): uplist to Endangered?

Antipodean Albatross, Diomedea antipodensis, is a breeding endemic of New Zealand. It is known to breed on only a very limited number of islands; Antipodes Island, the Auckland Islands (Adams, Auckland and Disappointment), Campbell Island and Pitt Island (one pair … Continue reading

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Brown-necked Parrot (Poicephalus robustus) is being split into P. robustus and P. fuscicollis: list P. fuscicollis as Least Concern and P. robustus as Vulnerable?

Following a taxonomic reassessment, the Brown-necked Parrot, Poicephalus robustus, is to be split by BirdLife’s Taxonomic Working Group into Cape Parrot, P. robustus, and Brown-necked Parrot, P. fuscicollis. Brown-necked Parrot comprises two subspecies; P. f. fuscicollis, which is found patchily … Continue reading

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A review of the status of endemic/near-endemic birds of the Andaman Islands currently listed as Near Threatened

Background to this topic The Andaman Islands are a group of islands in the Bay of Bengal in the Indian Ocean. The main vegetation type on the islands is tropical evergreen forest, with some grasslands in inland regions and mangroves … Continue reading

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Grey-winged Inca-finch (Incaspiza ortizi): downlist from Vulnerable to Near Threatened or Least Concern?

Grey-winged Inca-finch, Incaspiza ortizi, is currently listed as Vulnerable under criterion D2 on the basis that it is known from only a limited number of locations (BirdLife International 2017). The species is endemic to Peru, with known records from Palamba, … Continue reading

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Sooty Falcon (Falco concolor): uplist to Vulnerable?

BirdLife Species Factsheet for Sooty Falcon: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/sooty-falcon-falco-concolor   Sooty Falcon, Falco concolor, is a migratory falcon which has a discontinuous breeding range, within which the species is highly localised. Pockets of breeding birds have been reported from Libya, through to … Continue reading

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Saltmarsh Sparrow (Ammospiza caudacuta): uplist to Endangered?

BirdLife Species factsheet for Saltmarsh Sparrow: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/saltmarsh-sparrow-ammospiza-caudacuta   Saltmarsh Sparrow, Ammospiza caudacuta (formerly Ammodramus caudacutus), is endemic to the Atlantic coast of U.S.A. During the breeding season it is generally found from Maine south to the Delmarva Peninsula, but shifts … Continue reading

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Rimatara Reed-warbler (Acrocephalus rimitarae): uplist to Critically Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Rimatara Reed-warbler: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/rimatara-reed-warbler-acrocephalus-rimitarae   Rimatara Reed-warbler, Acrocephalus rimitarae, is endemic to the small island of Rimatara in the Austral Islands of French Polynesia, with a Minimum Convex Polygon Extent of Occurrence of only 10km2. The species … Continue reading

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White-eyed Starling (Aplonis brunneicapillus): downlist to Vulnerable?

BirdLife Species factsheet for White-eyed Starling: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/white-eyed-starling-aplonis-brunneicapillus   White-eyed Starling, Aplonis brunneicapillus, has been recorded from only four islands; Guadalcanal, Rendova and Choiseul, Solomons Islands, and Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. It is rare and patchy in its distribution, and given … Continue reading

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Blue-black Kingfisher (Todiramphus nigrocyaneus): list as Near Threatened?

Blue-black Kingfisher Todiramphus nigrocyaneus is a little-known species of kingfisher with few scattered records from streams, swamps and ponds in forest to 600 m on New Guinea and some adjacent islands such as Salawati, Batanta and Yapen (Coates 1985, Beehler … Continue reading

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Iphis Monarch (Pomarea iphis): uplist to Critically Endangered?

Iphis Monarch, Pomarea iphis, is restricted to the island of Ua Huka in the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia. The species appears to prefer forested habitat, with breeding individuals found in native low- to mid-elevation moist/wet forest and locally in dry … Continue reading

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Pesquet’s Parrot (Psittrichas fulgidus): downlist to Near Threatened or Least Concern?

BirdLife Species factsheet for Pesquet’s Parrot: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/pesquets-parrot-psittrichas-fulgidus   Pesquet’s Parrot, Psittrichas fulgidus, is an apparently rare and declining species found patchily across New Guinea. It is restricted to lower montane and hill forest (Mack and Wright 1998, B. Beehler in … Continue reading

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Marquesas Ground-dove (Alopecoenas rubescens): uplist to Endangered?

The Marquesas Ground-dove, Alopecoenas rubescens, is restricted to two small islets (Hatuta’a and Fatu Huku) in the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia. It inhabits wooded areas and shrubby vegetation on these islands, with individuals on Hatuta’a favouring the plateau and only … Continue reading

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Spotted Ground-thrush (Geokichla guttata): downlist from Endangered to Vulnerable?

BirdLife Species factsheet for Spotted Ground-thrush: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/spotted-ground-thrush-geokichla-guttata   The Spotted Ground-thrush, Geokichla guttata (formerly placed in the genus Zoothera) is currently listed as Endangered under criterion C2a(i), on the basis that it has a very small and fragmented population which … Continue reading

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Black Sicklebill (Epimachus fastosus): downlist to Least Concern?

The Black Sicklebill (Epimachus fastosus) is endemic to the island of New Guinea, where it is patchily distributed in the Vogelkop peninsula in the Indonesian part of the island and through the Central Ranges of the island into Papua New … Continue reading

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Floreana Mockingbird (Mimus trifasciatus): Downlist from Critically Endangered to Endangered?

The Floreana Mockingbird, Mimus trifasciatus, is currently listed as Critically Endangered on the basis that it had a tiny population size. The species is found only on the islands of Champion and Gardner-by-Floreana in the Galapagos, Ecuador (EOO currently estimated … Continue reading

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Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus): uplist from Least Concern to Near Threatened?

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) is endemic to North America, being native to Canada, U.S.A. and Mexico. It is currently listed as Least Concern, because it has been considered to not approach the threshold for Vulnerable under any criterion. This species … Continue reading

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Guadalcanal Boobook (Ninox granti): downlist to Near Threatened?

Guadalcanal Boobook, Ninox granti, was recently split from N. jacquinoti and is currently assessed to be Vulnerable under criteria B1b(v)c(iv); C2a(ii)b. Endemic to the island of Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, this species occurs in forest as well as at the forest … Continue reading

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Mountain Starling (Aplonis santovestris): request for information.

BirdLife Species factsheet for Mountain Starling: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/mountain-starling-aplonis-santovestris   The Mountain Starling, Aplonis santovestris, is endemic to cloud forest above 1,200m in the mountains of Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu. The species has been recorded from three of the highest mountains on the … Continue reading

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Northern Ground-hornbill (Bucorvus abyssinicus): request for information.

BirdLife Species factsheet for Northern Ground-hornbill: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/northern-ground-hornbill-bucorvus-abyssinicus   Northern Ground-hornbill, Bucorvus abyssinicus, is currently listed as Least Concern because it has not been thought to approach the threshold for Vulnerable under any criterion. The species is found in the Afrotropics … Continue reading

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Socotra Bunting (Emberiza socotrana): downlist to Near Threatened?

BirdLife Species factsheet for Socotra Bunting: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/socotra-bunting-emberiza-socotrana   Socotra Bunting, Emberiza socotrana, is endemic to the island of Socotra, Yemen, restricted to only a few localities, predominantly in the higher elevation habitats, though it can be found in the lowlands, … Continue reading

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Great Bustard (Otis tarda): downlist to Near Threatened?

Great Bustard, Otis tarda, is currently listed as Vulnerable under criteria A2cd+3cd+4cd (see BirdLife International 2017) as it is undergoing rapid population declines. It has a wide, but fragmented distribution across Eurasia, with a small, declining population present in Morocco. … Continue reading

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Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita): downlist from Critically Endangered to Endangered?

Northern Bald Ibis, Geronticus eremita, is currently listed as Critically Endangered under criterion C2a(ii) on the basis that the species has undergone a long-term decline and now has an extremely small population, with >95% of wild birds in one subpopulation … Continue reading

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Relict Gull (Larus relictus): downlist to Near Threatened?

Relict Gull, Larus relictus, is a migratory gull, breeding at localities in Kazakhstan, Russia, Mongolia and China (e.g. Rubini and Berezovikov 2002, He Fen-qi and Ren Yong-qui 2006). Breeding sites are found in the arid-steppe zone on islands in saline … Continue reading

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Syrian Serin (Serinus syriacus): request for information.

This discussion was first published as part of the 2016 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding its status was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of this species as part of the 2017 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Cape Rock-jumper (Chaetops frenatus): uplist from Least Concern to Near Threatened?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2016 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding its status was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of this species as part of the 2017 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Protea Canary (Crithagra leucoptera): uplist from Least Concern to Near Threatened?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2016 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding its status was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of this species as part of the 2017 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Knysna Woodpecker (Campethera notata): request for information

This discussion was first published as part of the 2016 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding its status was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of this species as part of the 2017 Red List update this … Continue reading

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African Oystercatcher (Haematopus moquini): downlist from Near Threatened to Least Concern?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2016 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding its status was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of this species as part of the 2017 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Sclater’s Lark (Spizocorys sclateri): request for information

This discussion was first published as part of the 2016 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding its status was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of this species as part of the 2017 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Rudd’s Lark (Heteromirafra ruddi): uplist from Vulnerable to Endangered?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2016 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding its status was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of this species as part of the 2017 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Red Lark (Calendulauda burra): request for information

This discussion was first published as part of the 2016 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding its status was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of this species as part of the 2017 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Melodious Lark (Mirafra cheniana): downlist from Near Threatened to Least Concern?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2016 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding its status was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of this species as part of the 2017 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Yellow-breasted Pipit (Hemimacronyx chloris): uplist from Vulnerable to Endangered?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2016 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding its status was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of this species as part of the 2017 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Mountain Pipit (Anthus hoeschi): uplist from Least Concern to Neat Threatened?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2016 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding its status was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of this species as part of the 2017 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Yellow-tufted Pipit (African Rock Pipit) (Anthus crenatus): uplist from Least Concern to Near Threatened?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2016 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding its status was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of this species as part of the 2017 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Bush Blackcap (Sylvia nigricapillus): uplist from Near Threatened to Vulnerable?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2016 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding its status was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of this species as part of the 2017 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Black Harrier (Circus maurus): uplist from Vulnerable to Endangered?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2016 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding its status was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of this species as part of the 2017 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Blue Bustard (Eupodotis caerulescens): request for extra information

This discussion was first published as part of the 2016 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding its status was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of this species as part of the 2017 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Maccoa Duck (Oxyura maccoa): request for information

This discussion was first published as part of the 2016 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding its status was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of this species as part of the 2017 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Mrs Moreau’s Warbler/Winifred’s Warbler (Scepomycter winifredae): request for information

This discussion was first published as part of the 2016 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding its status was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of this species as part of the 2017 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Fox’s Weaver (Ploceus spekeoides): request for information

This discussion was first published as part of the 2016 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding its status was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of this species as part of the 2017 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Shelley’s Crimson-wing (Cryptospiza shelleyi): uplist from Vulnerable to Endangered?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2016 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding its status was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of this species as part of the 2017 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Helmet Vanga (Euryceros prevostii): uplist from Vulnerable to Endangered?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2016 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding its status was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of this species as part of the 2017 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Bernier’s Vanga (Oriolia bernieri): uplist from Vulnerable to Endangered?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2016 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding its status was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of this species as part of the 2017 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Yellow-footed Honeyguide (Melignomon eisentrauti): request for information.

This discussion was first published as part of the 2016 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding its status was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of this species as part of the 2017 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Anambra Waxbill (Estrilda poliopareia): downlist from Vulnerable to Near Threatened?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2016 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding its status was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of this species as part of the 2017 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Liberian Greenbul, Phyllastrephus leucolepis, is to be listed as Data Deficient.

Liberian Greenbul, Phyllastrephus leucolepis, has been recorded from two forest patches in south-east Liberia (Gatter 1985), and was previously listed as Critically Endangered under criterion B1ab(i,ii,iii,v). Surveys in 2010 and 2013 both failed to find the species (Molubah and Garbo … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: The newly described taxon Sporophila iberaensis is to be recognised as a species by BirdLife: request for information.

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: The newly described taxon Sporophila beltoni is to be recognised as a species by BirdLife: list 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: Tit-like Dacnis (Xenodacnis parina) is being split: request for information.

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: Short-tailed Scimitar-babbler (Jabouilleia danjoui) is being moved to genus Rimator and split: list Rimator danjoui as Near Threatened and R. naungmungensis as Vulnerable or Endangered?

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: Grey-cheeked Tit-babbler (Macronous flavicollis) is being moved to genus Mixornis and split: list M. flavicollis as Least Concern and M. prillwitzi 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: Rufous-vented Prinia (Prinia burnesii) is being moved to genus Laticilla and split: list L. burnesii as Near Threatened and L. cinerascens 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: Red-headed Parrotfinch (Erythrura cyaneovirens) and Royal Parrotfinch (Erythrura regia) are being lumped: list Erythrura cyaneovirens 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: Buff-breasted Mountain-tanager (Dubusia taeniata) is being split: request for information on D. carrikeri.

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: Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana) is being split: request for information on C. cumatilis.

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: Akepa (Loxops coccineus) is being split: list L. ochraceus as Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct) and L. wolstenholmei as Extinct?

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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