Category Archives: Asia

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Asian Fairy-bluebird (Irena puella) is being split: list Palawan Fairy-bluebird I. tweeddalii as Near Threatened?

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Silver-eared Mesia Leiothrix argentauris is being split: list Sumatran Mesia L. laurinae as Critically Endangered, and L. argentauris as Least Concern?

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Banded Broadbill (Eurylaimus javanicus) is being split: list E. javanicus as Vulnerable and E. harterti as Least Concern?

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Black-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus atriceps) is being moved to genus Brachypodius and is being split: list B. atriceps as Least Concern and B. fuscoflavescens as Near Threatened?

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Sulawesi Myzomela (Myzomela chloroptera) is being split: list M. chloroptera as Least Concern and M. batjanensis as Near Threatened, 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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Red-bellied Pitta (Pitta erythrogaster) is being split and placed in the genus Erythropitta: list E. meeki as Data Deficient, E. caeruleitorques, and E. palliceps as Endangered, E. inspeculata and E. splendida as Vulnerable, and E. novaehibernicae 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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Black-and-red Broadbill (Cymbirhynchus macrorhynchos) is being split: request for information regarding Cymbirhynchus affinis

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

Following the split of Scarlet-breasted Lorikeet (BirdLife species factsheet) from Rainbow Lorikeet (Collar et al. 2014) the species was assessed as Near Threatened on the basis that the population was thought to be undergoing a moderately rapid decline owing to … Continue reading

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Orange-spotted Bulbul is being split: list Aceh Bulbul Pycnonotus snouckaerti as Vulnerable and P. bimacularis 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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Javan White-eye (Zosterops flavus): uplist from Near Threatened to Vulnerable?

Zosterops flavus is currently assessed as Near Threatened on the basis that it has a highly restricted and fragmented range and is likely to be declining moderately as a result of habitat loss, but that the species could still be … Continue reading

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Straw-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus zeylanicus): uplist from Vulnerable to Endangered?

Straw-headed Bulbul (BirdLife species factsheet) is a Sundaic lowland forest and secondary growth riparian specialist with the unfortunate curse of a golden voice. Currently listed as Vulnerable on the basis that the species is estimated to have undergone population declines … Continue reading

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Black-crested Bulbul (Pycnonotus melanicterus) is being split: list Ruby-throated Bulbul Pycnonotus dispar 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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Java Sparrow (Padda oryzivora): uplist from Vulnerable to Endangered?

Java Sparrow (BirdLife species factsheet) is currently listed as Vulnerable on the basis that intense trapping activity is inferred to have caused rapid declines in the population that are suspected to exceed 30% over the previous, current and future ten … Continue reading

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Asian Pied Starling (Sturnus contra) is being split and placed in the genus Gracupica: list G. contra as Least Concern and Gracupica jalla as Critically 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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Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa) is being split: list G. religiosa and G. indica as Least Concern, G. robusta as Critically Endangered and G. venerata as Endangered?

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Rufous-fronted Laughingthrush (Garrulax rufifrons): uplist from Endangered to Critically Endangered?

A montane laughingthrush with a restricted historical distribution across the upper slopes of central and western Javan volcanoes, Garrulax rufifrons (BirdLife species factsheet) is currently listed as Endangered under criterion A2cd + 3cd +4cd. This listing, as mentioned above, was … Continue reading

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Sumatran Laughingthrush (Garrulax bicolor): uplist from Vulnerable to Endangered?

Following the split of the Sumatran Laughingthrush (BirdLife species factsheet) from White-crested Laughingthrush G. leucolophus (Collar 2006) it was listed as Vulnerable on the basis that it was likely to have a small global population and rapid declines were thought … Continue reading

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Greater Green Leafbird (Chloropsis sonnerati): uplist from Least Concern to Near Threatened or Vulnerable?

Greater Green Leafbird occurs in southern Myanmar, southwest Thailand, Borneo, Sumatra and Java. It is currently classified as Least Concern on the basis that it does not approach any of the thresholds for classification as Vulnerable. This species was present … Continue reading

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Sumatran Leafbird (Chloropsis media): uplist from Least Concern to Vulnerable?

Following the recognition of Sumatran Leafbird as a species in 2006, the species was assessed as being of Least Concern, on the basis that it did not approach any of the thresholds for Vulnerable. This restricted range Sumatran endemic species … Continue reading

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Black-winged Myna (Acridotheres melanopterus) is being split into A. melanopterus, A tricolor and A. tertius: retain A. melanopterus as Critically Endangered, and additionally list A. tricolor and A. tertius as Critically 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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Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus): uplist from Least Concern to Vulnerable?

Currently listed as Least Concern on the basis that the species does not approach any of the thresholds for listing as Vulnerable. However, populations of the species within its natural range (Java and Bali [Craig and Feare 2016b]) have declined … Continue reading

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Re-assessment of species threatened by the Indonesian cage-bird trade

Harvesting wild birds for the cage bird trade has long been recognized as a threat to a select number of species with traits that render them susceptible to unsustainable harvest from the wild, such as Philippine Cockatoo and the particular … 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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Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) – request for information from North Pacific

Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) breeds in the North Atlantic, from NC Canada and NE USA east through Greenland to W & N Europe, and on to the Taymyr Peninsula and Severnaya Zemlya, wintering south to the Sargasso Sea and W … Continue reading

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Aleutian Tern (Onychoprion aleuticus, formerly Sterna aleutica): uplist to Vulnerable or Endangered?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2014 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2015. Current species factsheet for Aleutian Tern: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/speciesfactsheet.php?id=3285 Aleutian Tern Onychoprion aleuticus is currently listed as Least Concern … Continue reading

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Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica) – uplist from Least Concern to Near Threatened or Vulnerable?

Rustic Bunting Emberiza rustica breeds in swampy boreal forests from Fennoscandia east through Siberia to NE Asia, and winters mainly in E Asia (Copete & Garcia 2014). It is currently listed as Least Concern, because when last assessed it was … 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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Archived 2015 topics: Red Knot (Calidris canutus): request for information

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

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

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

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

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

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Archived 2015 topics: Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris): uplist from Vulnerable to Endangered or Critically Endangered?

Great Knot (BirdLife factsheet) breeds in north-east Siberia, Russia, wintering mainly in Australia, but also throughout the coastline of South-East Asia and on the coasts of India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and the eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula (Van Gils et … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Far Eastern Curlew (Numenius madagascariensis): uplist from Vulnerable to Endangered or Critically Endangered?

Far Eastern Curlew (BirdLife factsheet) breeds in eastern Russia, from the upper reaches of the Nizhnyaya Tunguska river east though the Verkhoyarsk mountains to Kamchatka, and south to Primorye and north-eastern Mongolia (Van Gils & Wiersma 1996). The Yellow Sea … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis): uplist from Least Concern to Near Threatened?

Red-necked Stint (BirdLife factsheet) breeds in central and eastern Siberia, wintering in South East Asia and Australasia. The global population is estimated at 315,000 individuals, of which c.270,000 reach Australia in the non-breeding season. It is currently listed as Least … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Helmeted Hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil): Uplist to Vulnerable or Endangered?

Helmeted Hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil) (BirdLife species factsheet) is currently classified as Near Threatened as a result of a suspected moderate decline due to habitat loss and hunting pressure. The species occurs in primary semi-evergreen and evergreen lowland forest, up to … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis) – downlist from Endangered to Near Threatened?

Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis breeds on the Siberian tundra, almost entirely within the Taymyr Peninsula, but also in the Gydan and Yamal Peninsulas, and winters in SE Europe and SW Asia, mainly on the north and west coasts of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) – uplist from Least Concern to Near Threatened or Vulnerable?

Common Eider Somateria mollissima is distributed over the northern coasts of Europe, North America, eastern Siberia and southern Greenland. It breeds in the Arctic and northern temperate regions, but its range expands during winter to as far south as New … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) – uplist from Least Concern to Vulnerable?

Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus breeds in both the Palearctic (from Iceland and the Baltic to Kamchatka, wintering from the North Sea to the Caspian Sea and off E Asia) and the Nearctic (from C Alaska to C Canada and NW … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Velvet Scoter (Melanitta fusca) – downlist from Endangered to Vulnerable?

Velvet Scoter Melanitta fusca breed in Scandinavia and Russia, east to the River Yenisey and south to Kazakhstan, with isolated populations in the Caucasus; it winters in the Baltic Sea and coastal W Europe, with some in the Black and … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Little Bustard (Tetrax tetrax) – uplist from Near Threatened to Vulnerable?

Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax breeds from Morocco and Iberia to France and Italy, and from Ukraine and SW Russia through Kazakhstan to NW China and N Iran, and winters from the Mediterranean zone through Turkey and Transcaucasia to Iran, and … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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Archived 2015 topics: European 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: 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: Black Lark (Melanocorypha yeltoniensis) – request for information from Central Asia

Black Lark Melanocorypha yeltoniensis breeds in SW Russia and N Kazakhstan, and winters south to the Black Sea, Caucasus, N Iran and southern Central Asia (Alström 2004). It is currently listed as Least Concern, because when last assessed it was … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Everett’s Thrush (Zoothera everetti): uplist 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 Everett’s Thrush Everett’s Thrush Zoothera everetti is restricted to Borneo, where it is known … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Streaked Shearwater (Calonectris leucomelas): eligible for uplisting?

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

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Archived 2015 topics: Black-chested Honeyeater (Lichmera notabilis): 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 2015. BirdLife species factsheet for Black-chested Honeyeater Black-chested Honeyeater Lichmera notabilis is restricted to the small island of Wetar, … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Rusty Laughingthrush (Garrulax poecilorhynchus): uplist to Near Threatened or Vulnerable?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2013 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2015. BirdLife species factsheet for Rusty Laughingthrush Rusty Laughingthrush Garrulax poecilorhynchus is restricted to Taiwan (China). It is currently listed … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Nilgiri Flycatcher (Eumyias albicaudatus): 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 2015. BirdLife species factsheet for Nilgiri Flycatcher Nilgiri Flycatcher Eumyias albicaudatus is restricted to the Western Ghats of southern India. … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Crimson-hooded Myzomela (Myzomela kuehni): 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 2015. BirdLife species factsheet for Crimson-hooded Myzomela Crimson-hooded Myzomela Myzomela kuehni is restricted to the island of Wetar, Indonesia. … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Taliabu Masked-owl (Tyto nigrobrunnea): 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 Taliabu Masked-owl Taliabu Masked-owl Tyto nigrobrunnea is restricted to the Sula Islands, Maluku, Indonesia. … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Blue-capped Kingfisher (Actenoides hombroni): downlist to Near Threatened?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2013 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2015. BirdLife species factsheet for Blue-capped Kingfisher Blue-capped Kingfisher Actenoides hombroni is restricted to the island of Mindanao in the … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Calayan Rail (Gallirallus calayanensis): uplist to Endangered?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2013 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2015. BirdLife species factsheet for Calayan Rail Calayan Rail Gallirallus calayanensis is restricted to Calayan island in the Babuyan … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Timor Imperial-pigeon (Ducula cineracea): downlist to Near Threatened?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2013 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2015. BirdLife species factsheet for Timor Imperial-pigeon Timor Imperial-pigeon Ducula cineracea is restricted to Timor-Leste, West Timor and Wetar, … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Grey-banded Babbler (Robsonius sorsogonensis): downlist to Near Threatened?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2013 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2015. BirdLife species factsheet for Grey-banded Babbler Grey-banded Babbler Robsonius sorsogonensis is currently listed as Vulnerable under B1ab(ii,iii,v) because it … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Wetar Figbird (Sphecotheres hypoleucus): 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 2015. BirdLife species factsheet for Wetar Figbird Wetar Figbird Sphecotheres hypoleucus is restricted to Wetar, Indonesia. It is currently … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Dwarf Cassowary (Casuarius bennetti): 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 2015. BirdLife species factsheet for Dwarf Cassowary Dwarf Cassowary Casuarius bennetti occurs in New Guinea (Papua [formerly Irian … Continue reading

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Suggestions for new topics

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Archived 2014 discussion: Blue-throated Barbet (Megalaima asiatica) is being transferred into the genus Psilopogon and is being split: request for information on P. chersonesus

The initial deadline for comments on this topic is 28 April 2014, and therefore later than for most other topics currently under discussion. This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Green Racquet-tail (Prioniturus luconensis): uplist to Endangered?

The initial deadline for comments on this topic is 28 April 2014, and therefore later than for most other topics currently under discussion. Green Racquet-tail Prioniturus luconensis (BirdLife species factsheet) is currently classified as Vulnerable as it is suspected to … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Philippine Dwarf-kingfisher (Ceyx melanurus) is being split: list C. melanurus and C. mindanensis as Vulnerable or Near Threatened?

Philippine Dwarf-kingfisher Ceyx melanurus is being split into C. melanurus and C. mindanensis, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: List newly-described Seram Masked-owl (Tyto almae) as Data Deficient?

The initial deadline for comments on this topic is 28 April 2014, and therefore later than for most other topics currently under discussion. This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Sulawesi Scops-owl (Otus manadensis) is being split: list O. mendeni and O. sulaensis as Vulnerable?

Sulawesi Scops-owl Otus manadensis is being split into O. manadensis, O. mendeni and O. sulaensis, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Edwards’s Pheasant (Lophura edwardsi) and Vietnamese Pheasant (L. hatinhensis) are considered to be the same species and are treated as L. edwardsi: list as Critically Endangered?

Edwards’s Pheasant Lophura edwardsi and Vietnamese Pheasant L. hatinhensis are now considered the same species, as evidence implies that L hatinhensis is an inbred morph of L. edwardsi (Hennache et al. 2012). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Australian Masked-owl (Tyto novaehollandiae), Lesser Masked-owl (T. sororcula) and Manus Masked-owl (T. manusi) are being lumped as T. novaehollandiae: list the newly defined species as Least Concern?

Australian Masked-owl Tyto novaehollandiae, Lesser Masked-owl T. sororcula and Manus Masked-owl T. manusi are being lumped as T. novaehollandiae, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Amethyst Brown-dove (Phapitreron amethystina) is being split: list P. maculipectus as Endangered and P. frontalis as Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct)?

Amethyst Brown-dove Phapitreron amethystina is being split into P. amethystina, P. maculipectus and P. frontalis, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Barred Owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles bennettii) is being split: list A. affinis as Data Deficient?

It is suggested that A. affinis be listed as Data Deficient on the basis that there is insufficient information available for a robust assessment of its threat status against the IUCN Red List criteria. It is suggested that A. bennettii be listed as being of Least Concern, on the basis that it does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under any of the IUCN Red List criteria. Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Grey-tailed Tattler (Heteroscelus brevipes): uplist to Near Threatened?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2013 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2014. Link to BirdLife species factsheet for Grey-tailed Tattler Grey-tailed Tattler Heteroscelus brevipes is currently listed as Least Concern because … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Bugun Liocichla (Liocichla bugunorum): is it eligible for a higher threat category?

The likely range of this species has been recently remapped with reference to a recently reported sighting near Bomdila (C. Bonpo in litt. 2011), resulting in an estimated Extent of Occurrence (EOO) of c.140 km2. The species is now known from up to three locations. Comments are invited on this species’s threat status and further information would be welcomed, particularly on the likely population size and trend. Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Rusty-faced Babbler (Robsonius rabori): downlist to Near Threatened?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2013 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2014. BirdLife species factsheet for Rusty-faced Babbler Rusty-faced Babbler Robsonius rabori is found in northern Luzon in the Philippines and, … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Rufous-necked Sparrowhawk (Accipiter erythrauchen): uplist to Near Threatened?

It is suggested that the species be uplisted to Near Threatened under criterion A3, on the basis that it is suspected that it will undergo a moderately rapid population decline (approaching 30%) over the next three generations (22 years) owing to continued deforestation. Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Sunda Coucal (Centropus nigrorufus): 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 Sunda Coucal Sunda Coucal Centropus nigrorufus is restricted to Indonesia, where it occurs on Java, … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Negros Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus arcanus): uplist to Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct)?

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 Negros Fruit-dove Negros Fruit-dove Ptilinopus arcanus is restricted to the Philippines, where it is … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Himalayan Vulture (Gyps himalayensis): request for information

It has been suggested that the species, like many vulture species in South Asia, is potentially being impacted by diclofenac, in particular when young birds descend to lowland areas in South and South-East Asia, where there is a high prevalence in the veterinary use of the drug by farmers (S. Mahood in litt. 2008, 2011; C. Bowden in litt. 2011). Further information is requested on the species’s population trends throughout its range, in addition to any evidence of threats, in particular the likely impact of diclofenac poisoning. Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Taiwan Partridge (Arborophila crudigularis): request for information

Further information on this species is requested, including details of its likely sub-population structure (the number of sub-populations and the size of the largest and/or the maximum percentage of all mature individuals in one sub-population) and the level of habitat fragmentation in its range (that is, the percentage of suitable habitat that exists in patches too small to support viable populations). Continue reading

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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: Standardwing (Semioptera wallacii): uplist to Near Threatened?

It is suggested that the species be uplisted to Near Threatened under criterion B1ab(ii,iii,v), on the basis that it has a small range, in which suitable habitat is considered very fragmented by clearance for logging, agriculture and development, but is not considered severely fragmented under the IUCN definition, and the area and quality of suitable habitat is in continuing decline, with continuing declines in the species’s population inferred as a result. Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Matsudaira’s Storm-petrel (Oceanodroma matsudairae): request for information

Matsudaira’s Storm-petrel Oceanodroma matsudairae is known to breed at least on Minami-iwo-jima and perhaps formerly on Kita-iwo-jima, both situated in the Volcano Islands (=Kazan Retto), Japan (Chiba et al. 2007), and may also breed on the Ogasawara Islands (Brazil 1991, 2009). It is currently listed as Data Deficient on the basis that insufficient information was available for the evaluation of its status against the IUCN criteria.Further information on this species is requested to help in the assessment of its threat status. Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Whiskered Pitta (Pitta kochi): downlist to Near Threatened?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2013 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2014. BirdLife species factsheet for Whiskered Pitta Whiskered Pitta Pitta kochi is endemic to Luzon in the Philippines, where it … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Kittlitz’s Murrelet (Brachyramphus brevirostris): is it eligible for downlisting?

It is proposed that the species’s status be re-evaluated. However, there is a lack of consensus regarding the species’s current population trend, with views that the species may be declining more slowly than previously thought, or that it could be stable or increasing. Further information is requested on the likely trend over a period of three generations. Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Javan Trogon (Apalharpactes reinwardtii): 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 2014. BirdLife species factsheet for Javan Trogan Javan Trogon Apalharpactes reinwardtii is restricted to West Java, Indonesia. It is … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Moluccan Goshawk (Accipiter henicogrammus): uplist to Near Threatened?

It is suggested that the species be uplisted to Near Threatened under criterion A3, on the basis that it is suspected that it will undergo a moderately rapid population decline (approaching 30%) over the next three generations (22 years) owing to projected habitat loss. Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Halmahera Cuckooshrike (Coracina parvula): uplist to Near Threatened?

It is suggested that the species be uplisted to Near Threatened under criteria B1ab(ii,iii,v), on the basis that it has a small range, in which suitable habitat may be very fragmented by clearance for logging, agriculture and development, but is not considered severely fragmented under the IUCN definition, and the area and quality of suitable habitat is in continuing decline, with continuing declines in the species’s population inferred as a result. Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Long-billed Crow (Corvus validus): uplist to Near Threatened?

It is suggested that this species be uplisted to Near Threatened under criterion A3, on the basis that it is suspected that it will undergo a moderately rapid population decline (approaching 30%) over the next three generations (22 years) owing to projected habitat loss. Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Biak Scops-owl (Otus beccarii): downlist to Vulnerable or Near Threatened?

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 Biak Scops-owl Biak Scops-owl Otus beccarii is restricted to the twin islands of Biak-Supiori … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Salvadori’s Pheasant (Lophura inornata) and Aceh Pheasant (L. hoogerwerfi) are being lumped as L. inornata: list as Near Threatened or Vulnerable?

Salvadori’s Pheasant Lophura inornata and Aceh Pheasant L. hoogerwerfi are being lumped as L. inornata, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Chestnut-breasted Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus curvirostris) is being split: list P. oeneicaudus as Near Threatened?

Chestnut-breasted Malkoha Phaenicophaeus curvirostris is being split into P. curvirostris and P. oeneicaudus, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Grey-faced Woodpecker (Picus canus) is being split: list P. dedemi as Near Threatened?

Grey-faced Woodpecker Picus canus has been split into P. canus, P. guerini and P. dedemi following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Sooty Woodpecker (Mulleripicus funebris) is being split: list both M. funebris and M. fuliginosus as Near Threatened?

Sooty Woodpecker Mulleripicus funebris has been split into M. funebris and M. fuliginosus, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Sulawesi Kingfisher (Ceyx fallax) is being split: list C. sangirensis as Critically Endangered and C. fallax as Near Threatened?

Sulawesi Kingfisher Ceyx fallax is being split into C. fallax and C. sangirensis, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Philippine Hawk-owl (Ninox philippensis) is being split: list N. leventisi and N. rumseyi as Endangered, N. reyi and N. mindorensis as Vulnerable, and N. spilonota and N. philippensis as Near Threatened?

Philippine Hawk-owl Ninox philippensis is being split into Ninox philippensis, N. mindorensis, N. spilonota, N. spilocephala, N. rumseyi, N. leventisi and N. reyi. Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Blue-crowned Racquet-tail (Prioniturus discurus) is being split: list P. mindorensis as Vulnerable?

Blue-crowned Racquet-tail Prioniturus discurus is being split into P. discurus and P. mindorensis, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Rufous Hornbill (Buceros hydrocorax) is being split: list both B. hydrocorax and B. mindanensis as Vulnerable?

Rufous Hornbill Buceros hydrocorax has been split into B. hydrocorax and B. mindanensis, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Philippine Scops-owl (Otus megalotis) is being split: list O. nigrorum as Vulnerable and O. megalotis and O. everetti as Near Threatened?

Philippine Scops-owl Otus megalotis has been split into O. megalotis, O. everetti and O. nigrorum following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Philippine Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus philippensis) is being split: list both N. philippensis and N. pinskeri as Endangered?

Philippine Hawk-eagle Nisaetus philippensis is being split into N. philippensis and N. pinskeri, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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