Category Archives: Africa

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

BirdLife species factsheet for Yellow-breasted Pipit: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/factsheet/22718444 This species occurs in eastern South Africa and, marginally, eastern Lesotho. It is threatened by the loss and decrease in quality of its grassland habitat and until recently it had been thought to … Continue reading

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

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

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Maccoa Duck (Oxyura maccoa): request for information

BirdLife species factsheet for Maccoa Duck: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/factsheet/22679820 Maccoa Duck is currently listed as Near Threatened owing to its moderately small population size and ongoing declines resulting from a variety of threats. This species is found in two distinct populations in … Continue reading

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

BirdLife species factsheet for Yellow-tufted Pipit: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/speciesfactsheet.php?id=8425 Anthus crenatus is endemic to southern Africa, occurring throughout Lesotho and areas of South Africa and possibly into Swaziland (Taylor et al. 2015). Its population size has been estimated to be 3,300-8,900 individuals … Continue reading

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

BirdLife species factsheet for Sclater’s Lark:  http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/factsheet/22717356 Spizocorys sclateri is found mainly Northern Cape Province of South Africa, and Namibia and possibly into Western and Eastern Cape (Taylor et al. 2015). It is currently classified as Near Threatened on the … Continue reading

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

BirdLife species factsheet for Rudd’s Lark: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/factsheet/22717153 Heteromirafra ruddi is endemic to east South Africa, and is currently listed as Vulnerable on the basis that it has a small, declining population, within which all subpopulations are very small, and that … Continue reading

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Red Lark (Certhilauda burra): request for information

BirdLife species factsheet for Red Lark: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/factsheet/22717180 Certhilauda burra is endemic to the Northern Cape Province of South Africa, with two questionable records from Namibia (BirdLife International 2016). It is currently classified as Vulnerable as its population has been estimated … Continue reading

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Protea Canary (Serinus leucopterus): uplist from Least Concern to Near Threatened?

BirdLife species factsheet for Protea Canary: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/factsheet/22720283 Serinus leucopterus is endemic to the mountain Fynbos of South Africa, in the Western and Eastern Cape Provinces (Taylor et al. 2015). The population is estimated at 395,257-831,202 individuals (Taylor et al. 2015), … Continue reading

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

BirdLife species factsheet for Mountain Pipit: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/factsheet/22718467 The distribution of Anthus hoeschi throughout sub-Saharan Africa is poorly known, but it is believed to be a breeding endemic to Lesotho and South Africa (Taylor et al. 2015), with a population size … Continue reading

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

BirdLife species factsheet for Melodious Lark: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/speciesfactsheet.php?id=8095 Mirafra cheniana is found predominantly in grasslands in South Africa, with scattered populations in Botswana and Zimbabwe. It is currently classified as Near Threatened as it was suspected to be undergoing moderately rapid … Continue reading

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Knysna Woodpecker (Campethera notata): request for information

BirdLife species factsheet for Knysna Woodpecker: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/factsheet/22680910 This species is thinly dispersed and endemic to the coastal lowlands of South Africa, with a range of c.50,000 km2, and a population size of 1,000-3,300 mature individuals (Taylor et al. 2015). It … Continue reading

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

BirdLife species factsheet for Cape Rock-jumper: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/factsheet/22708094 Chaetops frenatus is endemic to the mountain Fynbos of South Africa, in the Western and Eastern Cape Provinces (Taylor et al. 2015). It is currently classified as Least Concern. The population is estimated … Continue reading

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

BirdLife species factsheet for Bush Blackcap: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/factsheet/22716650 Lioptilus nigricapillus ranges from the north Eastern Cape, through KwaZulu-Natal, the eastern Free State and Mpumalanga in eastern South Africa, as well as western Swaziland. It is generally uncommon to fairly common (del … Continue reading

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Blue Bustard (Eupodotis caerulescens): request for extra information

BirdLife species factsheet for Blue Bustard: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/factsheet/22692000 Eupodotis caerulescens is near endemic to South Africa, also extending into Lesotho (Taylor et al. 2015). The population has not been accurately quantified, but the species is currently listed as Near Threatened as … Continue reading

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

BirdLife species factsheet for Black Harrier: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/factsheet/22695379 Circus maurus is found only in southern Africa, where it is concentrated in the Western Cape (its core range) in South Africa, and also occurs in the Eastern Cape, the Northern Cape and … Continue reading

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

BirdLife species factsheet for Yellow-footed Honeyguide: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/factsheet/22680659 This species is recorded from several scattered sites across west Africa including Cameroon, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria. This species is relatively poorly known, with no population estimates. It is … Continue reading

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

BirdLife species factsheet for Shelley’s Crimson-wing: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/factsheet/22719374 Cryptospiza shelleyi is known from several localities in the mountains of the Albertine Rift, in Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, as well as the Virunga Mountains (2,200-3,000 m) on the border between DRC, … Continue reading

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Seychelles White-eye (Zosterops modestus): downlist from Endangered to Vulnerable?

BirdLife species factsheet for Seychelles White-eye: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/factsheet/22714018 Previous forum discussion on Seychelles White-eye: http://www.birdlife.org/globally-threatened-bird-forums/2014/08/seychelles-white-eye-zosterops-modestus-downlist-to-vulnerable/ This species is found on Conception and Mahé Islands of the Seychelles, and translocations to North Island, Frégate and Cousine have occurred. It is currently listed … Continue reading

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Madagascar Marsh-Harrier (Circus macrosceles): uplist from Vulnerable to Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Madagascar Marsh-Harrier: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/factsheet/22695368 Circus macrosceles is found only on Madagascar and the Comoro Islands. It has a broad distribution from the north to the south of Madagascar, but occurs only a low densities. Surveys in 2005-2006 … Continue reading

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

BirdLife species factsheet for Helmet Vanga: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/factsheet/22708058 This species is known from the lowland rainforest of north-eastern Madagascar, where it is uncommon and patchily distributed. It is currently classed as Vulnerable because of suspected continuing declines in its small range … Continue reading

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

BirdLife species factsheet for Fox’s Weaver: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/factsheet/22718933 This species is poorly recorded, with no population estimate, known from a restricted area of seasonally flooded wetlands in northern Uganda (Collar and Stuart 1985, Byaruhanga et al. 2001, A. Byaruhanga in litt. 2003). … Continue reading

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

BirdLife species factsheet for Bernier’s Vanga: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/factsheet/22708054 This species is known from several sites in the lowland rainforest of central-east of Madagascar, and it is scare and patchily distributed throughout its range. It is currently classed as Vulnerable because of … Continue reading

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

BirdLife species factsheet for Anambra Waxbill: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/factsheet/22719543 This species is known from a few localities in southern Nigeria, and Benin. Previous population estimates led to this species being listed as Vulnerable under criterion D1, but recent studies in Benin have … Continue reading

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

BirdLife species factsheet for African Oystercatcher:   http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/factsheet/22693627 African Oystercatcher is currently classified as Near Threatened owing to its small population and hence almost qualifies for Vulnerable under criterion C1 but with an uncertain population trend. This species breeds along the … 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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The taxonomic treatment of the Little Shearwater (Puffinus assimilis)/Audubon’s Shearwater (P. lherminieri) complex is being revised, and P. bryani is being recognised as a species: request for information

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

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

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

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Tessmann’s Flycatcher (Muscicapa tessmanni): List as Least Concern?

Tessmann’s Flycatcher (Muscicapa tessmanni – BirdLife species factsheet) is currently listed as Data Deficient, but sufficient information may now be available to support listing the species as Least Concern. M. tessmanni is found in West Africa where it is known … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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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: 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: Archer’s Lark (Heteromirafra archeri) and Liben Lark (H. sidamoensis) are being lumped as Liben Lark (H. archeri): List the newly defined species as Critically Endangered?

Archer’s Lark (Heteromirafra archeri) and Liben Lark (H. sidamoensis) are being lumped as Liben Lark (H. archeri) following new analysis of morphological, molecular and vocal evidence (Spottiswoode et al. 2013). Prior to this taxonomic change, both H. archeri (BirdLife species … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Seychelles Warbler (Acrocephalus sechellensis): Downlist to Near Threatened?

Seychelles Warbler (Acrocephalus sechellensis – BirdLife species factsheet) is currently classified as Vulnerable under Criterion D2, since it was confined to just four tiny islands with a very small range and was thought to be at risk from introduced predators. … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Emerald Starling (Coccycolius iris): List as Least Concern?

Emerald Starling (Coccycolius iris – BirdLife species factsheet) is currently classified as Data Deficient due to a prior lack of knowledge on its ecology, movements and population size. C. iris is known from west and south-east Guinea, Sierra Leone and … 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: 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: 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: Redwing (Turdus iliacus) – uplist from Least Concern to Near Threatened?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Archived 2015 topics: 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: 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: Mauritius Fody (Foudia rubra): downlist to Vulnerable?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2013 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2015. BirdLife Species Factsheet for Mauritius Fody Mauritius Fody Foudia rubra, endemic to Mauritius, suffered rapid population declines … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Seychelles White-eye (Zosterops modestus): downlist to Vulnerable?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2013 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2015. BirdLife species factsheet for Seychelles White-eye Seychelles White-eye Zosterops modestus is endemic to the Seychelles. It is listed … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Long-billed Tailorbird (Artisornis moreaui): downlist 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 Long-billed Tailorbird Long-billed Tailorbird Artisornis moreaui occurs at low density in two widely separated forests, … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Rosy Bee-eater (Merops malimbicus): request for information

Information on Rosy Bee-eater breeding colonies is sought from across its range to improve our knowledge of the species’s status. Continue reading

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Suggestions for new topics

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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: Fraser’s Eagle-owl (Bubo poensis) and Usambara Eagle-owl (B. vosseleri) are being lumped as B. poensis: list the newly defined species as Least Concern?

Fraser’s Eagle-owl Bubo poensis and Usambara Eagle-owl B. vosseleri are being lumped as B. poensis, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: African Scops-owl (Otus senegalensis) is being split: list O. feae as Endangered and O. socotranus as Vulnerable?

African Scops-owl Otus senegalensis is being split into O. senegalensis, O. pamelae, O. socotranus and O. feae, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010) and consideration of recent evidence (Pons et al. 2013). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: White-tailed Warbler (Poliolais lopezi): downlist to Least Concern?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2013 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2014. BirdLife species factsheet for White-tailed Warbler White-tailed Warbler Poliolais lopezi is restricted to the Obudu Plateau, eastern Nigeria (Elgood … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Malindi Pipit (Anthus melindae): downlist to Least Concern?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2013 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2014. BirdLife species factsheet for Malindi Pipit Malindi Pipit Anthus melindae is restricted to the coastal strip from Mombasa … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Chapin’s Mountain-babbler (Kupeornis chapini): 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 2014. BirdLife species factsheet for Chapin’s Mountain-babbler Chapin’s Mountain-babbler Kupeornis chapini is restricted to the Albertine Rift mountains of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Mauritius Kestrel (Falco punctatus): 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 2014. BirdLife species factsheet for Mauritius Kestrel Mauritius Kestrel Falco punctatus is restricted to Mauritius. It is currently listed as … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Lammergeier / Bearded Vulture* (Gypaetus barbatus): is it eligible for a higher threat category?

Data and observations regarding population trends and numbers throughout the species’s range are requested so that a comprehensive review of its global threat status can be carried out. In particular, information is needed from China and Mongolia, northern South Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East (especially Iran), south-eastern Europe (especially Turkey) and East Africa. Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Taita Falcon (Falco fasciinucha): request for information

The species has formerly been regarded as secure owing to the relative inaccessibility of its breeding habitats. Recently, however, declines have been noted in the number of breeding sites in Zimbabwe (per A. Botha in litt. 2011). Further information on the species is requested from all parts of its range, with particular emphasis on population estimates and trends, as well as likely threats. Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Beaudouin’s Snake-eagle (Circaetus beaudouini): 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 2014. BirdLife species factsheet for Beaudouin’s Snake-eagle Beaudouin’s Snake-eagle Circaetus beaudouini occupies a relatively narrow band of sub-Saharan Africa, from … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Cinderella Waxbill (Estrilda thomensis): downlist to Least Concern?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2013 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2014. BirdLife species factsheet for Cinderella Waxbill Cinderella Waxbill Estrilda thomensis was originally described in error as being from … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Verreaux’s Coua (Coua verreauxi): downlist to Least Concern?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2013 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2014. BirdLife species factsheet for Verreaux’s Coua Verreaux’s Coua Coua verreauxi is restricted to south-west Madagascar. It is currently listed … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Cameroon Montane Greenbul (Andropadus montanus): downlist to Least Concern?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2013 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2014. BirdLife species factsheet for Cameroon Montane Greenbul Cameroon Montane Greenbul Andropadus montanus is restricted to the highlands of west … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Crossley’s Ground-thrush (Zoothera crossleyi): downlist to Least Concern?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2013 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2014. BirdLife species factsheet for Crossley’s Ground-thrush Crossley’s Ground-thrush Zoothera crossleyi is found in south-eastern Nigeria (on the Obudu … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Bedford’s Paradise-flycatcher (Terpsiphone bedfordi): downlist to Least Concern?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2013 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2014. BirdLife species factsheet for Bedford’s Paradise-flycatcher Bedford’s Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone bedfordi is restricted to the Democratic Republic of Congo where … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Angola Cave-chat (Xenocopsychus ansorgei): downlist to Least Concern?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2013 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2014. BirdLife species factsheet for Angola Cave-chat Angola Cave-chat Xenocopsychus ansorgei has a localised distribution on the escarpment of western … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Grauer’s Cuckooshrike (Coracina graueri): information sought on trends and population size.

This discussion was first published as part of the 2013 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2014. BirdLife species factsheet for Grauer’s Cuckooshrike Grauer’s Cuckooshrike Coracina graueri is known from the Democratic Republic of Congo where … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Hottentot Buttonquail (Turnix hottentottus) is being split: list T. hottentottus as Endangered?

Hottentot Buttonquail Turnix hottentottus is being split into T. hottentottus and T. nana, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Houbara Bustard (Chlamydotis undulata) is being split: list C. macqueenii as Vulnerable and C. undulata as Least Concern?

Houbara Bustard Chlamydotis undulata is being split into C. undulata and C. macqueenii, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Piping Hornbill (Bycanistes fistulator) is being split: list B. fistulator as Near Threatened?

Piping Hornbill Bycanistes fistulator is being split into B. fistulator and B. sharpii following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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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

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Archived 2014 discussion: Fea’s Petrel (Pterodroma feae) is being split: list P. deserta as Vulnerable and P. feae as Near Threatened?

Fea’s Petrel Pterodroma feae is being split into P. feae and P. deserta, following published studies (e.g. Robb et al. 2008, Jesus et al. 2009), in particular highlighting differences between these taxa in breeding seasonality and vocalisations. Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Ostrich (Struthio camelus) is being split: list S. molybdophanes as Near Threatened or Vulnerable?

Ostrich Struthio camelus is being split into S. camelus and S. molybdophanes, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) is being split: list C. nivosus as Near Threatened, C. dealbatus as Data Deficient and C. alexandrinus as Least Concern?

Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus is being split into C. alexandrinus, C. nivosus and C. dealbatus, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Red-necked Falcon (Falco chicquera) is being split: list F. chicquera as Near Threatened and F. ruficollis as Least Concern?

Red-necked Falcon Falco chicquera is being split into F. chicquera and F. ruficollis, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: White-crested Hornbill (Tropicranus albocristatus) is being split: list T. albocristatus as Near Threatened?

White-crested Hornbill Tropicranus albocristatus is being split into T. albocristatus and T. cassini, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Madagascar Green-pigeon (Treron australis) is being split: list T. griveaudi as Endangered?

Madagascar Green-pigeon Treron australis is being split into T. australis and T. griveaudi, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Dwarf Black Hornbill (Tockus hartlaubi) is being split: list T. hartlaubi as Near Threatened?

Dwarf Black Hornbill Tockus hartlaubi is being split into T. hartlaubi and T. granti following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Shelley’s Francolin (Francolinus shelleyi) is being split: list F. whytei as Near Threatened?

Shelley’s Francolin Francolinus shelleyi is being split into F. shelleyi and F. whytei, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Woolly-necked Stork (Ciconia episcopus) is being split: list C. episcopus as Vulnerable?

Woolly-necked Stork Ciconia episcopus is being split into C. episcopus and C. microscelis, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Mountain Buzzard (Buteo oreophilus) is being split: list B. oreophilus as Near Threatened?

Mountain Buzzard Buteo oreophilus is being split into B. oreophilus and B. trizonatus, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Final decisions for the 2013 Red List

Final decisions have been reached on the 2013 forum consultations. These are subject to approval and ratification by the IUCN. Continue reading

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Preliminary decisions for the 2013 Red List

The attached spreadsheet lists preliminary decisions for the 2013 Red List update. Continue reading

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

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

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Rodrigues Warbler (Acrocephalus rodericanus) and Rodrigues Fody (Foudia flavicans): downlist both to Near Threatened?

BirdLife Species Factsheet for Rodrigues Warbler BirdLife Species Factsheet for Rodrigues Fody The known population of Rodrigues Warbler Acrocephalus rodericanus declined to as few as 8 pairs and one singleton in 1979, but a slow increase followed in the 1980s … Continue reading

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

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

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Cape Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capensis): uplist to Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Cape Cormorant Cape Cormorant Phalacrocorax capensis is restricted to the West and South Coast of South Africa, Namibia and southern Angola. It is currently listed as Near Threatened under criteria A2b+3bc+4b, owing to moderately rapid declines in its … Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Grey-headed Greenbul (Phyllastrephus poliocephalus): downlist to Least Concern?

BirdLife species factsheet for Grey-headed Greenbul Grey-headed Greenbul Phyllastrephus poliocephalus is restricted to the montane forests of eastern Nigeria and western Cameroon, where it was discovered on the southern slopes of Mt Manenguba in the 1990s (Dowsett-Lemaire and Dowsett 1999), but is … Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Dwarf Honeyguide (Indicator pumilio): downlist to Least Concern?

BirdLife species factsheet for Dwarf Honeyguide Dwarf Honeyguide Indicator pumilio is restricted to the Albertine Rift mountains in Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), possibly also occurring in Burundi (Fry et al. 1988). It is currently listed as Near Threatened … Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Black Bustard (Eupodotis afra): eligible for uplisting?

Concern has recently been expressed over this species’s status, as there is evidence that it is declining in abundance (per Hofmeyr 2012). Following recent research, it has been recommended that the species be classified as Vulnerable because of past and probable future decreases in its population and because of its susceptibility to on-going land conversion, climate change and possibly increased predation (Hofmeyr 2012). Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Kori Bustard (Ardeotis kori): uplist to Near Threatened?

BirdLife species factsheet for Kori Bustard Kori Bustard Ardeotis kori has an extensive African range. It is thought to be experiencing range-wide decline (Collar et al. 1986, Collar 1996), owing to ongoing habitat destruction and unsustainable levels of hunting (del Hoyo et … Continue reading

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