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Red Knot (Calidris canutus): request for information

Red Knot (BirdLife factsheet) is a long-distance migrant shorebird, with six Arctic-breeding subspecies: C. c. canutus – CN Siberia, in Taymyr Peninsula and possibly Yakutia; winters in W & S Africa and S Asia. C. c. piersmai – New Siberian … Continue reading

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Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea): request for information

Curlew Sandpiper (BirdLife factsheet) breeds across Arctic Siberia from the Yamal Peninsula to Kolyuchinskaya Gulf (N Chukotskiy Peninsula), and winters from sub-Saharan Africa through Middle East and S & SE Asia to Australasia (van Gils and Wiersma 1996). Globally, it … Continue reading

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Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica): uplist to Vulnerable?

Bar-tailed Godwit (BirdLife factsheet) breeds across the Arctic from northern Europe through Siberia to Alaska, wintering along the coasts of western Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Globally, it has an extremely large … Continue reading

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Proposed status changes for six species of African vulture

African endemics: White-headed Vulture Trigonoceps occipitalis: uplist from Vulnerable to Critically Endangered? Hooded Vulture Necrosyrtes monachus: uplist from Endangered to Critically Endangered? White-backed Vulture Gyps africanus: uplist from Endangered to Critically Endangered? Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres: uplist from Vulnerable to … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) – uplist from Least Concern to Vulnerable?

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

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Great Snipe (Gallinago media) – downlist from Near Threatened to Least Concern?

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

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Cinereous Bunting (Emberiza cineracea) – uplist from Near Threatened to Vulnerable?

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

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European Roller (Coracias garrulus) – downlist from Near Threatened to Least Concern?

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

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

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

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Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis) – request for information

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Red-collared Mountain-babbler (Kupeornis rufocinctus): downlist to Least Concern?

BirdLife species factsheet for Red-collared Mountain-babbler Red-collared Mountain-babbler Kupeornis rufocinctus occurs in the Albertine Rift mountains in Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (del Hoyo et al. 2007) where it is known to occur in the Itombwe Mountains, Mt … Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Martial Eagle (Polemaetus bellicosus): uplist to Vulnerable or Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Martial Eagle Martial Eagle Polemaetus bellicosus has an extensive range across much of sub-Saharan Africa, from Senegal and the Gambia, east to Ethiopia and north-west Somalia and south to Namibia, Botswana and South Africa. It is currently … Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Pulitzer’s Longbill (Macrosphenus pulitzeri): downlist to Vulnerable or Near Threatened?

BirdLife species factsheet for Pulitzer’s Longbill Pulitzer’s Longbill Macrosphenus pulitzeri is known from the escarpment of western Angola. It is currently listed as Endangered under criteria B1ab(i,ii,iii,iv);C2a(i), on the basis that it has a very small, severely fragmented range, a very … Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Sao Tome Short-tail (Amaurocichla bocagei): downlist to Near Threatened or Least Concern?

BirdLife species factsheet for Sao Tome Short-tail Sao Tome Short-tail Amaurocichla bocagei is restricted to São Tomé, São Tomé e Príncipe, where it occurs in the central and southern parts of the island. Known from only six records prior to 1928, … Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Papyrus Gonolek (Laniarius mufumbiri): downlist to Least Concern?

BirdLife species factsheet for Papyrus Gonolek Papyrus Gonolek Laniarius mufumbiri has a local distribution in north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, eastern Rwanda, Burundi and western Kenya. It is listed as Near Threatened under criterion B1ab(iii) of the IUCN Red List … Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Northern Royal Albatross (Diomedea sanfordi): is it still declining?

Northern Royal Albatross Diomedea sanfordi is listed as Endangered under criteria A4b,c; B2a+b(iii,v) on the basis that the species occupies an Area of Occupancy of less than 10 km2, including fewer than five locations (three island groups), in which the population is estimated to be undergoing a very rapid decline. Further information on this species’s current and projected population trends over a period of 81 years (revised estimate of three generations), as well as the estimated population size, is requested to help in the assessment of its threat status.
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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Macaroni Penguin (Eudyptes chrysolophus): correctly listed as Vulnerable?

The validity of the current assessment for this species has been brought into question by a review by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS 2008). Criticisms, combined with suggestions that some populations are stable or increasing, or have unknown trends, suggest that the overall estimated rate of decline should be reduced for this species. Comments on the current listing and further information on the species are requested. Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Tsingy Wood Rail (Canirallus beankaensis): newly recognised and Near Threatened?

Tsingy Wood Rail Canirallus beankaensis was recently described as a new species by Goodman et al. (2011), who studied the morphology, plumage and genetics of two specimens, in relation to that of Madagascar Wood Rail C. kioloides. It is proposed that the species be listed as Near Threatened under criteria B1a+b(iii,v); C2a(ii), on the basis that it has a very small range and probably has a small population, with continuing declines observed in the area, extent and/or quality of habitat and inferred to be taking place in the number of mature individuals, but with no information on the sub-population structure or evidence to suggest that the population is severely fragmented or restricted to a few locations. Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Arabian Bustard (Ardeotis arabs) and Nubian Bustard (Neotis nuba): request for information

Vehicle-based transect surveys for raptors in the Sahel zone of Mali and Niger in 2004 failed to record any bustard species, despite both A. arabs and N. nuba being frequently recorded along the same transects in 1971 and 1973 (Thiollay 2006). Additional information on these species is requested, in particular on the severity of threats and likely population trends throughout their ranges. Continue reading

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Archived: Final decisions for the 2012 Red List

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

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Archived: Preliminary decisions for the 2012 Red List

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

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Archived 2011-2012 topics: Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug): uplist to Endangered?

Some such new data have been provided in recent publications by Moshkin (2010) and Levin (2011), who present past and present population sizes in the most important range states based on new data sources, particularly for local population trends. In comparison to the figures previously used by BirdLife, key differences in Moshkin’s (2010) estimates include higher estimates of 5,218 pairs in Kazakhstan and 6,500 pairs in Russia in 1990 and a lower estimate of 1,500 pairs in China in 2010. In addition, Levin (2011) gives a new present-day estimate of fewer than 1,000 pairs in Kazakhstan. We discuss these in turn below and consider their significance for the overall rate of decline, the calculation for which can be viewed in the spreadsheet attached. Continue reading

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Archived 2011-2012 topics: Yelkouan Shearwater (Puffinus yelkouan): uplist to Vulnerable?

To explore the impact of uncertainty on the overall trend and category, a number of alternative scenarios were also explored (see attached spreadsheet). When the trend assessments were re-run, only the most optimistic scenarios altered the potential Red List category (from Endangered to Vulnerable or Near Threatened), i.e. assuming Italy is experiencing the minimum decline rate and countries with unknown trends are stable.

This suggests that the species’s global status ought to be revised to Vulnerable under criterion A4b,c,d,e, as it is projected to suffer a rapid population reduction (30-49% decline over three generations). Comments on this proposal and any relevant information (particularly including trend information for additional countries) are invited. Continue reading

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Archived 2011-2012 topics: Crowned Hawk-eagle (Stephanoaetus coronatus): request for information

Further informative data and observations are requested from all parts of the species’s range in order to aid a review of its threat status. Useful information would comprise indications of changing abundance, habitat trends and the severity of threats, whether local, national or regional in coverage. Continue reading

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Archived 2011-2012 topics: Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca): downlist to Near Threatened?

Available information suggests that the species’s global status ought to be revised to Near Threatened under criterion C2a(ii), on the basis that it has a moderately small population, which may approach the threshold for classification as Vulnerable, but which is not currently thought to be undergoing a continuing decline. Continue reading

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Archived: How many subspecies have gone extinct in Africa?

Although BirdLife International does not yet have the capacity to assess global extinction risk at the subspecies level, we are currently working on a project to produce a synthesis of all bird taxa, at the species and subspecies level, that are known or thought to have gone extinct since 1500. This is the first time that subspecies extinctions have been systematically documented and analysed, and we hope that the results will provide new insights to support global efforts (including through the BirdLife Partnership) to conserve the world’s threatened birds. Continue reading

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Archived 2011-2012 topics: Yellow-casqued Hornbill (Ceratogymna elata) and Brown-cheeked Hornbill (Bycanistes cylindricus): request for information

Recent observations suggest that both species are in rapid decline in Ghana. Data and observations are requested from other parts of these species’ ranges to confirm whether the situation in Ghana is representative of their overall status. Continue reading

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Archived 2011-2012 topics: St Helena Plover (Charadrius sanctaehelenae): downlist to Vulnerable?

The results of surveys conducted in 2007 and since indicate that the species may not have met the thresholds for Critically Endangered or Endangered under any of the IUCN criteria for at least five years, and consequently may be eligible for downlisting. It is proposed that the species be downlisted to Vulnerable under criterion D1 on the basis that the population is estimated to number fewer than 1,000 mature individuals, with no evidence of a continuing decline. Continue reading

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Archived 2011-2012 topics: Blue-moustached Bee-eater (Merops mentalis): request for information

The species appears to show some dependence on mature forest, being observed in clearings and along the edges of primary forest and old secondary forest (Borrow and Demey 2001, del Hoyo et al. 2001), although it may also feed over tilled land where a few dead trees remain standing (del Hoyo et al. 2001). It occurs in a region known for rapid and on-going deforestation, raising the question of whether it qualifies for a higher threat category under the A criterion. Continue reading

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Archived 2011-2012 topics: Grey Crowned-crane (Balearica regulorum): does it qualify as Endangered?

When this species was uplisted from Least Concern to Vulnerable in the 2009 Red List update, there was some evidence to suggest that declines may have exceeded a rate of 50% during the past three generations or 45 years (Beilfuss et al. 2007), but data were regarded as patchy and an overall decline of 30-49% was considered a more reasonable estimate. Overall estimates suggest that the species’s global population has declined from over 100,000 individuals in 1985 to 50,000-64,000 individuals in 2004 (Beilfuss et al. 2007). This implies that the species may have declined by over 50% in 19 years, and when these data are extrapolated to a period of 45 years in the past (1967-2012) or past and future (1985-2030), assuming an exponential trend, the calculated rate of decline is c.65-80%.
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Archived 2011-2012 topics: White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus) and Rueppell’s Vulture (Gyps rueppelli): request for information

Assessing overall population trends in such widespread and mobile species is inherently problematic, and such species may also be prone to natural fluctuations in abundance. However, it remains necessary to evaluate whether the current listing of Near Threatened for G. africanus and G. rueppelli is likely to be correct. Continue reading

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Archived 2011-2012 topics: Madagascar Jacana (Actophilornis albinucha): request for information

It has recently been noted that the species is becoming more difficult to find during birding tours, and that it could be in rapid decline owing to the on-going destruction of wetlands (P. Morris in litt. 2010). Further details are requested on the severity of threats and likely population trend. Continue reading

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Archived 2011-2012 topics: Gabela Bush-shrike (Laniarius amboimensis): downlist to Vulnerable?

Records of this species recently published by Mills (2010) indicate that its range is larger than previously thought. Remapping of its range by BirdLife has resulted in a new EOO of c.2,900 km2, which still meets the range size threshold for Endangered under criterion B1. However, the recent paper by Mills (2010) indicates that the species has been recorded at more than five locations since 1974. An additional record from the Sumbe-Gabela Road indicates that it has been recorded from at least seven locations in recent decades. Using the same method, the incorporation of the new EOO estimate (45% = 1,305 km2) gives a population estimate of c.3,260-9,140 individuals, suggesting that it should now be placed in the band 2,500-9,999 individuals. It is proposed that this species be downlisted to Vulnerable, for which it would qualify under criteria B1a+b(ii,iii); C2a(ii). Continue reading

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Archived 2011-2012 topics: Monteiro’s Bush-shrike (Malaconotus monteiri): list as Near Threatened?

Comments are invited on the proposal to list this species as Near Threatened under criterion B1a+b(iii), and further information is requested on the number of locations, level of habitat fragmentation (percentage in patches too small to support viable populations), habitat trends and severity of threats. Continue reading

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Archived 2011-2012 topics: Green-tailed Bristlebill (Bleda eximius): eligible for downlisting?

Recently, evidence has been gathered that suggests this species is tolerant of forest degradation, such as logging and road-building, and its overall and local abundance may have previously been underestimated owing to the timing of surveys (Dowsett-Lemaire and Dowsett 2009, F. Dowsett-Lemaire in litt. 2010). As a consequence, it has been recommended that the species be downlisted to Near Threatened (F. Dowsett-Lemaire in litt. 2010). Continue reading

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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

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