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

This discussion was first published as part of the 2017 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding the status of several was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of these species as part of the 2018 Red List … Continue reading

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

This discussion was first published as part of the 2017 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding the status of several was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of these species as part of the 2018 Red List … Continue reading

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

This discussion was first published as part of the 2017 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding the status of several was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of these species as part of the 2018 Red List … Continue reading

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Shy Albatross (Thalassarche cauta): 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 2018 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Amsterdam Albatross (Diomedea amsterdamensis): downlist from Critically Endangered 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 2018 Red List update this … Continue reading

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

This discussion was first published as part of the 2017 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding the status of several was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of these species as part of the 2018 Red List … Continue reading

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

This discussion was first published as part of the 2017 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding the status of several was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of these species as part of the 2018 Red List … Continue reading

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Lesser Nothura (Nothura minor): 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 2018 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Dwarf Tinamou (Taoniscus nanus): 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 2018 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: 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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Archived 2017 topics: Southern Red-breasted Plover (Charadrius obscurus): uplist to Critically Endangered?

Southern Red-breasted Plover (or Southern New Zealand Dotterel) (Charadrius obscurus) is endemic to New Zealand. Once widespread in the South Island of New Zealand, it now breeds only on inland Stewart Island/Rakiura, mainly on subalpine herb-fields or rocky areas above … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: 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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Archived 2017 topics: 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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Archived 2017 topics: Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor): downlist to VU?

Black-faced Spoonbill is currently listed as Endangered under Criterion C2a(ii), on the basis that there is an on-going decline and the global population size is below 2,500 mature individuals. An apparent increase has been reported for the population over the … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: 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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Archived 2017 topics: 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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Archived 2017 topics: 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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Archived 2017 topics: Kea (Nestor notabilis): uplist from Vulnerable to Endangered?

The Kea (Nestor notabilis) is endemic to New Zealand, and is currently listed as Vulnerable under criterion C2a(ii) on the basis of a small and declining population size. The population is sparsely distributed across a range of approximately 3.5 million … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Ultramarine Lorikeet (Vini ultramarina): 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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Archived 2017 topics: 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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Archived 2017 topics: 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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Archived 2017 topics: 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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Archived 2017 topics: 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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Archived 2017 topics: 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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Archived 2017 topics: Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca): downlist to Least Concern?

BirdLife species factsheet for Ferruginous Duck The global population size and trend of Ferruginous Duck has been difficult to establish with confidence due to an apparent tendency to shift its breeding distribution in response to interannual fluctuations in water levels … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: 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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Archived 2017 topics: 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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Archived 2017 topics: White-eared Parakeet (Pyrrhura leucotis): 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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Archived 2017 topics: Grey-breasted Parakeet (Pyrrhura griseipectus): downlist from Critically Endangered 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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Archived 2017 topics: Blue-breasted Parrot (Pionus reichenowi): uplist from Least Concern 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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Archived 2017 topics: Vinaceous-breasted Amazon (Amazona vinacea): downlist from Endangered 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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Archived 2017 topics: Red-browed Amazon (Amazona rhodocorytha): downlist from Endangered 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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Archived 2017 topics: Red-tailed Amazon (Amazona brasiliensis): 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 2017 topics: 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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Archived 2017 topics: 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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Archived 2017 topics: 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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Archived 2017 topics: Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) – request for information from North Pacific

This discussion was first published as part of the 2015 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 2017 topics: 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. 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: Salvin’s Prion (Pachyptila salvini) is being split: list P. salvini as Least Concern and P. macgillivrayi as Endangered?

BirdLife International now recognises the split of Pachyptila salvini into P. salvini and P. macgillivrayi. Prior to this taxonomic change, Salvin’s Prion Pachyptila salvini (http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/speciesfactsheet.php?id=3915) was listed as Least Concern, on the basis that it has a very large range, … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Leach’s Storm-petrel (Hydrobates leucorhous): uplist from Least Concern to Vulnerable?

BirdLife species factsheet for Leach’s storm-petrel: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/factsheet/22698511 The Leach’s storm-petrel has an extensive global range and breeding colonies are confined to the northern hemisphere, from the South Kuril Islands (Japan) round to Baja California (Mexico) including the Aleutian Islands, Alaska … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Flesh-footed Shearwater (Ardenna carneipes): uplist from Least Concern to Near Threatened?

BirdLife species factsheet for Flesh-footed Shearwater: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/speciesfactsheet.php?id=3930 Flesh-footed Shearwater breeds on St Paul Island (French Southern Territories), Lord Howe Island (Australia), islands off south-west mainland Australia, South Australia (at two isolated colonies), and islands off North and South Islands (New … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Damara Tern (Sternula balaenarum): uplist from Near Threatened to Vulnerable?

BirdLife species factsheet for Damara Tern: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/speciesfactsheet.php?id=3282 Damara Tern (Sternula balaenarum) breeds along the coast of southern Angola, Namibia and South Africa (Crawford & Simmons 1997, Simmons 2010, Braby 2011). A total of 70 known breeding colonies are found across its … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Yellow-shouldered Amazon (Amazona barbadensis): Downlist to Near Threatened?

Amazona barbadensis (BirdLife species factsheet) is found in several isolated populations in northern coastal Venezuela and the islands of Margarita, La Blanquilla, Curaçao and Bonaire (to Netherlands) (Rodríguez-Ferraro 2009).  It is currently extinct in the Paraguaná peninsula on mainland Venezuela … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Timneh Parrot (Psittacus timneh): uplist from Vulnerable to Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Timneh Parrot: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/factsheet/22736498 This species was formerly considered conspecific with P. erithacus, but has been considered separate since 2012. It is endemic to West Africa, and is found from Guinea-Bissau east through Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus): uplist from Vulnerable to Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Grey Parrot: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/factsheet/22724813 This species was formerly considered conspecific with P. timneh, but has been considered separate since 2012. The major threat to this species is from the pet trade (Martin et al. 2014). From 1982 … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua): downlist from Near Threatened to Least Concern?

BirdLife species factsheet for Gentoo Penguin: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/factsheet/22697755 The Gentoo Penguin Pygoscelis papua has a circumpolar breeding distribution that ranges in latitude from the Fish Islands on the Antarctic Peninsula (66°01’S) (Fraser unpublished) to the Crozet Islands (46°00’S) (Lynch 2013). The … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Adélie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae): downlist from Near Threatened to Least Concern?

BirdLife species factsheet for Adélie Penguin: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/factsheet/22697758 The Adélie Penguin Pygoscelis adeliae is found along much of the Antarctic coastline where it breeds on ice-free land including at some of the nearby islands. Individuals are dispersive, moving towards areas of … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Scarlet-breasted Lorikeet Trichoglossus forsteni: uplist from Near Threatened to Vulnerable?

Following the split of Scarlet-breasted Lorikeet (BirdLife species factsheet) from Rainbow Lorikeet (Collar et al. 2014) the species was assessed as Near Threatened on the basis that the population was thought to be undergoing a moderately rapid decline owing to … 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: Chatham Parakeet (Cyanoramphus forbesi): Downlist to Vulnerable?

Cyanoramphus forbesi (Chatham, or Forbes’ Parakeet) is restricted to Little Mangere and Mangere Islands in the Chatham Island group, New Zealand. By 1930, it was extinct on Mangere Island, but by 1973 it had recolonised and numbered 40 birds and … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: St Helena Plover (Charadrius sanctaehelenae) – downlist to Vulnerable?

St Helena Plover (Charadrius sanctaehelenae) is endemic to St Helena (to UK). This species is classified as Critically Endangered because its population was extremely small and declining owing to land-use change (particularly a decrease in grazing pressure) and predation by … 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 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: 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: Chatham Petrel (Pterodroma axillaris): Downlist to Vulnerable?

Chatham Petrel (Pterodroma axillaris) breeds only in the Chatham Islands, New Zealand, where it is restricted to South East Island (= Rangatira), Pitt Island and main Chatham Island, having been reintroduced to both of the latter two. P. axillaris is … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Swift Parrot (Lathamus discolor): Uplist to Critically Endangered?

Swift Parrot (Lathamus discolor) is currently listed as Endangered due to a small and declining breeding population and because of the range of threats to the species in both its breeding and wintering ranges. L. discolor breeds in Tasmania, Australia, … 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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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: 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: 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: 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: Streaked Shearwater (Calonectris leucomelas): eligible for uplisting?

In Japan, where it is thought that the majority of the species’s world population breeds, there are 11 islands that are inhabited by more than 10,000 breeding pairs of this species, with birds on at least three of these islands having been shown to be negatively impacted by introduced predators (M. Sato in litt. 2011). In addition to the threat from introduced predators, the species is also susceptible to fisheries bycatch (J. Croxall in litt. 2011). The prevalence of these threats suggests that the species is in population decline; however, further data and observations are required from throughout the species’s range to better assess the current trend. Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Royal Penguin (Eudyptes schlegeli): eligible for downlisting?

It has been argued that there are in fact no credible threats to the largest colony on Macquarie Island (S. Garnett in litt. 2011). Casual observations suggest that the population is increasing. Based on the clarification of the species’s status, it is suggested that it could qualify for downlisting to Least Concern on the basis that it no longer meets or approaches the thresholds for Vulnerable under any of the IUCN criteria. Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Cassin’s Auklet (Ptychoramphus aleuticus): 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 Cassin’s Auklet Cassin’s Auklet Ptychoramphus aleuticus ranges from Baja California (Mexico) up the Pacific … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Brown Teal (Anas chlorotis): 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 Brown Teal Brown Teal Anas chlorotis is endemic to New Zealand, where it was … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: New Zealand Grebe (Poliocephalus rufopectus): 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 New Zealand Grebe New Zealand Grebe Poliocephalus rufopectus is endemic to New Zealand. It is … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Venezuelan Wood-quail (Odontophorus columbianus): request for information

Venezuelan Wood-quail Odontophorus columbianus is listed as Near Threatened under criterion B1a+b(i,ii,iii,iv) because, although it has an Extent of Occurrence estimated at 9,400 km2, within which it is suspected to be declining owing to habitat loss and hunting pressure, the population is not considered to be severely fragmented or restricted to a few locations. Up-to-date information is requested on this species’s population, the likely rate of decline over 12 years (estimate of three generations) and the severity of threats.
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Archived 2014 discussion: Black Parrot (Coracopsis nigra) is being split: request for information on C. sibilans, and list C. barklyi as Vulnerable?

Black Parrot Coracopsis nigra is being split into C. nigra, C. barklyi and C. sibilans, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010), as well as consultation of genetic evidence and associated comments (Kundu et al. 2012, Joseph et al. 2012, N. Bunbury in litt. 2014). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Additional changes to species listed as Extinct: six [edited from five] Extinct species are being re-categorised as Not Recognised and 12 taxa [edited from 11] are being newly recognised as Extinct species

Five Extinct species are being re-categorised as Not Recognised and 12 taxa are being newly recognised as Extinct species following descriptions and evidence that they are likely to have remained extant post-1500. Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Xantus’s Murrelet (Synthliboramphus hypoleucus) is being split: list S. hypoleucus as Endangered and S. scrippsi as Vulnerable?

Xantus’s Murrelet Synthliboramphus hypoleucus is being split into S. hypoleucus and S. scrippsi, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010), and consideration of genetic evidence (Birt et al. 2012). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Clapper Rail (Rallus longirostris) is being split: list R. obsoletus (incorporating levipes, yumanensis and beldingi) as Near Threatened or Vulnerable?

Clapper Rail Rallus longirostris is being split into R. longirostris, R. obsoletus and R. crepitans, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Sun Parakeet (Aratinga solstitialis) is being split: list A. solstitialis as Endangered and A. maculata as Vulnerable?

Sun Parakeet Aratinga solstitialis is being split into A. solstitialis and A. maculata, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Scarlet-fronted Parakeet (Aratinga wagleri) is being split: request for information

Scarlet-fronted Parakeet Aratinga wagleri is being split into A. wagleri and A. frontalis, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Blue-throated Piping-guan (Pipile cumanensis) is being split: list P. grayi as Near Threatened and P. cumanensis as Least Concern?

Blue-throated Piping-guan Pipile cumanensis is being split into P. cumanensis and P. grayi, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Horned Curassow (Pauxi unicornis) is being split: list P. koepckeae as Critically Endangered and P. unicornis as Endangered?

Horned Curassow Pauxi unicornis is being split into P. unicornis and P. koepckeae, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Red-lored Amazon (Amazona autumnalis) is being split: list A. lilacina and A. diadema as Endangered and A. autumnalis as Least Concern?

Red-lored Amazon Amazona autumnalis is being split into A. autumnalis, A. lilacina and A. diadema, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Two Amazona splits: list both Amazona guatemalae and A. bodini as Near Threatened?

Festive Amazon Amazona festiva is being split into A. festiva and A. bodini, and Mealy Amazon A. farinosa is being split into A. farinosa and A. guatemalae, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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