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- Yellow-breasted Pipit (Hemimacronyx chloris): uplist from Vulnerable to Endangered?
- Okarito Brown Kiwi (Apteryx rowi): Downlist to Vulnerable?
- White-winged Cotinga (Xipholena atropurpurea): downlist from Endangered to Vulnerable?
- Atlantic Royal Flycatcher (Onychorhynchus swainsoni): downlist from Vulnerable to Near Threatened?
- 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
- One to Watch - Spoon-billed Sandpiper December 2, 2016In our "One to Watch" series, we take a quick look at the status of some of the iconic species we're working on. Fondly known in birding circles as Spoonie, the charismatic Spoon-billed Sandpiper Calidris pygmaea occupies a limited breeding range in north-eastern Russia, from where it migrates down the western Pacific coast to its […]
- Pioneering Sri Lankan bird group turns 40 December 2, 2016Sri Lanka, October 1976: seven intrepid trailblazers set their sights on making a solid impact on bird awareness and biodiversity conservation on the island. The result? The creation of the Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka (FOGSL). Fast forward to 2016, and FOGSL are celebrating their 40th anniversary. Led by the much-loved Emeritus Prof Sarath […]
- Birds and Beyond – Special Protection Areas in the EU December 2, 2016BirdLife’s Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) have long been recognised as the scientific baseline for identifying nature hotspots worthy of Special Protection Area (SPA) status under the EU’s iconic nature laws – the Birds Directive. New research conducted by a team of international scientists – led by the University of Helsinki and recently published […]
- One to Watch - Spoon-billed Sandpiper December 2, 2016
Category Archives: Galliformes
BirdLife species factsheet for Dwarf Tinamou Dwarf Tinamou is found in central and south-eastern Brazil, with old isolated records from south-central Paraguay and north-east Argentina. In Brazil the few recent records of the species are from scattered localities where individuals … Continue reading
BirdLife species factsheet for Lesser Nothura The Lesser Nothura has been recorded from very few sites over a large range in south-central Brazil (S Mato Grosso, S Goiás and Minas Gerais S to São Paulo; possibly extinct in Santa Catarina), … Continue reading
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
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
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.
To suggest discussion of a species not listed in the forum, send a reply to this discussion. A moderator will assess the suitability of the topic and create a new topic if appropriate. Continue reading
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
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
Archived 2014 discussion: Bare-faced Curassow (Crax fasciolata) is being split: list C. pinima as Critically Endangered and C. fasciolata as Near Threatened?
Bare-faced Curassow Crax fasciolata is being split into C. fasciolata and C. pinima, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading
Archived 2014 discussion: Edwards’s Pheasant (Lophura edwardsi) and Vietnamese Pheasant (L. hatinhensis) are considered to be the same species and are treated as L. edwardsi: list as Critically Endangered?
Edwards’s Pheasant Lophura edwardsi and Vietnamese Pheasant L. hatinhensis are now considered the same species, as evidence implies that L hatinhensis is an inbred morph of L. edwardsi (Hennache et al. 2012). Continue reading
Further information on this species is requested, including details of its likely sub-population structure (the number of sub-populations and the size of the largest and/or the maximum percentage of all mature individuals in one sub-population) and the level of habitat fragmentation in its range (that is, the percentage of suitable habitat that exists in patches too small to support viable populations). Continue reading
Archived 2014 discussion: Salvadori’s Pheasant (Lophura inornata) and Aceh Pheasant (L. hoogerwerfi) are being lumped as L. inornata: list as Near Threatened or Vulnerable?
Salvadori’s Pheasant Lophura inornata and Aceh Pheasant L. hoogerwerfi are being lumped as L. inornata, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading
Archived 2014 discussion: Moorland Francolin (Francolinus psilolaemus) is being split: list F. elgonensis as Near Threatened?
Moorland Francolin Francolinus psilolaemus is being split into F. psilolaemus and F. elgonensis, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading
Archived 2014 discussion: Montezuma Quail (Cyrtonyx montezumae) is being split: list C. sallei as Near Threatened?
Montezuma Quail Cyrtonyx montezumae is being split into C. montezumae and C. sallei following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading
Archived 2014 discussion: Chestnut-necklaced Partridge (Arborophila charltonii) is being split: list A. graydoni, A. tonkinensis and A. charltonii as Vulnerable?
Chestnut-necklaced Partridge Arborophila charltonii is being split into A. charltonii, A. tonkinensis and A. graydoni, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading
Archived 2014 discussion: Crested Fireback (Lophura ignita) is being split: list both L. ignita and L. rufa as Near Threatened?
Crested Fireback Lophura ignita is being split into L. ignita and L. rufa, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading
Final decisions have been reached on the 2013 forum consultations. These are subject to approval and ratification by the IUCN. Continue reading
The attached spreadsheet lists preliminary decisions for the 2013 Red List update. Continue reading
BirdLife species factsheet for Manipur Bush-quail Manipur Bush-quail Perdicula manipurensis occurs in northern West Bengal, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur and Meghalaya in north-eastern India, with its range at least historically extending into Chittagong, Chittagong Hill Tracts and Sylhet districts, Bangladesh. It is … Continue reading
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
2011-2012 Forum topics Final decisions The attached spreadsheet lists the results of the 2012 forum consultations, subject to approval and ratification by IUCN. Please use the filters to look for your region or species group of interest. Any discussions of … Continue reading
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
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
Despite on-going uncertainty about the size and trend of some national populations, a balanced assessment of the available evidence suggests that overall the population of this species is probably declining at a rate approaching 30% over 12 years (three generations). For this reason, it is proposed that the species be uplisted to Near Threatened. Comments on this proposal are welcome, as are any quantitative data that could further inform the assessment. Continue reading
Archived 2011-2012 topics: White-necklaced Partridge (Arborophila gingica): downlist to Near Threatened?
Apparently there has been no over-arching study of population densities and total population size for this species, but further information is required to help assess whether the species actually numbers more than 10,000 mature individuals and therefore approaches the thresholds for Vulnerable under criterion C2a(i) and should be downlisted to Near Threatened. Continue reading
Archived 2011-2012 topics: Grey-striped Francolin (Francolinus griseostriatus): downlist to Least Concern?
Remapping of the species’s range by BirdLife with reference to data published by Mills (2010) has resulted in a new estimate for the EOO of 85,100 km2, suggesting that it no longer qualifies as Near Threatened under criterion B1. Continue reading
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
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
Siamese Fireback Lophura diardi is listed as Near Threatened on the basis that it is undergoing a continued decline estimated at 20-29% over 10 years based on current rates of lowland forest loss in its range, as well as the effects of ongoing hunting pressure. Recent evidence, however, suggests that the species may be able to tolerate a higher level of hunting pressure than was previously thought. Continue reading
Archived 2010-2011 topics: Sula Megapode (Megapodius bernsteinii): uplist to Vulnerable or Endangered?
Sula Megapode Megapodius bernsteinii is listed as Near Threatened on the basis that the population was suspected to be declining at a rate approaching 30% over 12 years (three generations), however a high degree of hunting pressure and the observation that most of the lowland forest on Taliabu has been cleared for logging, along with observations that the species has suffered drastic declines on other range islands, suggests that the population is declining at a rate equivalent to more than 30% over 12 years, and perhaps more than 50% over 12 years, making it eligible for at least Vulnerable status under the A criteria. Continue reading