Category Archives: Africa

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Yellow-breasted Pipit (Hemimacronyx 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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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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Gurney’s Sugarbird (Promerops gurneyi); Black-eared Sparrow-lark (Eremopterix australis); Drakensberg Rockjumper (Chaetops 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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Tessmann’s Flycatcher (Fraseria tessmanni): List as Least Concern?

Tessmann’s Flycatcher (Muscicapa tessmanni – BirdLife species factsheet, recently moved to genus Fraseria) is currently listed as Data Deficient, but sufficient information may now be available to support listing the species as Least Concern. F. tessmanni is found in West Africa where … 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 (Calendulauda burra): request for information

BirdLife species factsheet for Red Lark: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/factsheet/22717180 Calendulauda 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 (Crithagra leucoptera): uplist from Least Concern to Near Threatened?

BirdLife species factsheet for Protea Canary: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/factsheet/22720283 Crithagra leucoptera 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 (Sylvia nigricapillus): uplist from Near Threatened to Vulnerable?

BirdLife species factsheet for Bush Blackcap: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/factsheet/22716650 Sylvia 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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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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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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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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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 2016 topics: Liberian Greenbul, Phyllastrephus leucolepis, is to be listed as Data Deficient.

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

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Archived 2016 topics: Sao Tome White-eye (Zosterops ficedulinus) is being split: list Z. ficedulinus and Z. feae as Vulnerable or Endangered?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Montane White-eye (Zosterops poliogastrus) is being split: list Z. silvanus as Endangered, Z. winifredae as Vulnerable and Z. kulalensis as Near Threatened? Request for information for Z. eurycricotus and Z. mbuluensis.

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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

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

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Archived 2016 topics: White-browed Crombec (Sylvietta leucophrys) is being split: request for information on S. chapini

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Icterine Greenbul (Phyllastrephus icterinus) is being split: request for information regarding P. lorenzi

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Tiny Greenbul (Phyllastrephus debilis) is being split: list P. debilis as Least Concern and P. albigula as Near Threatened or Vulnerable?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: White-throated Greenbul (Phyllastrephus albigularis) is being split: list P. albigularis as Least Concern and P. viridiceps as Near Threatened?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Olive Thrush (Turdus olivaceus) is being split: list T. roehli as Near Threatened or Vulnerable?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Capuchin Babbler (Phyllanthus atripennis) is being split: list P. atripennis and P. rubiginosus as Near Threatened and P. bohndorffi as Least Concern?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Katanga Masked Weaver (Ploceus katangae) is being split: request for information on P. upembae

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Meves’s Glossy Starling (Lamprotornis mevesii) is being split: request for information on L. benguelensis.

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Olive-flanked Robin-chat (Cossypha anomala) is being moved to genus Dessonornis and split: list D. anomala as Vulnerable? Request for information on D. mbuluensis.

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Eastern Double-collared Sunbird (Nectarinia mediocris) is being moved to genus Cinnyris and split: list C. usambaricus as Vulnerable or Near Threatened?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Greater Double-collared Sunbird (Nectarinia afra) is changing its scientific name to Cinnyris afer and being split: request for information on C. prigoginei

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Papyrus Yellow Warbler (Chloropeta gracilirostris) is being moved to genus Calamonastides and split: list Calamonastides gracilirostris and C. bensoni as Vulnerable?

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Archived 2016 topics: Chestnut-throated Apalis (Apalis porphyrolaema) is being split: request for information on A. kaboboensis

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Red-headed Fody (Foudia eminentissima) is being split: list F. aldabrana as Near Threatened and F. consobrina as Least Concern? Request for information on F. eminentissima

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Archived 2016 topics: Red-headed Weaver (Anaplectes rubriceps) is being split: request for information for A. jubaensis.

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Archived 2016 topics: Short-tailed Batis (Batis mixta) is being split: request for information on B. reichenowi

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Long-billed Tailorbird (Artisornis moreaui) is being split: list A. moreaui as Critically Endangered and A. sousae as Endangered?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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Archived 2016 topics: Comoro Bulbul (Hypsipetes parvirostris) is being split: list H. parvirostris as Vulnerable and H. moheliensis as Endangered?

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Archived 2016 topics: Ashy Cuckooshrike (Coracina cinerea) is being moved to genus Ceblepyris and is being split: list C. cinereus as Least Concern and C. cucullatus as Endangered?

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Archived 2016 topics: Rufous-naped Lark (Mirafra africana) is being split: list M. africana as Least Concern and M. sharpii as Near Threatened?

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Archived 2016 topics: Blue Vanga (Cyanolanius madagascarinus) is being split: list C. madagascarinus as Least Concern and C. comorensis as Endangered?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: 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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Archived 2016 topics: 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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Archived 2016 topics: 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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Global IUCN Red List for birds – 2015 changes

Many thanks to all who contributed information and comments on this year’s reassessments. The 2015 Red List for birds was launched today, and the new assessments can be found at http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/search. You can read the BirdLife news story here: http://www.birdlife.org/worldwide/news/2015-red-list-vultures-shorebirds-and-other-iconic-species … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Red Knot (Calidris canutus): request for information

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

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Archived 2015 topics: Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea): request for information

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

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Archived 2015 topics: Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica): uplist to Vulnerable?

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

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Archived 2015 topics: 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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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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