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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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Aleutian Tern (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 Sterna aleutica is currently listed as Least Concern … Continue reading

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West Indian Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna arborea): request for information

Surveys carried out in Cuba – the most significant part of the species’s range both in size and population numbers – have shown the species to be more widespread on the main island and adjacent offshore islands than was previously thought. Present knowledge suggests that the species does not meet the thresholds for Vulnerable under any of the IUCN Red List criteria and may warrant downlisting. Continue reading

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Gundlach’s Hawk (Accipiter gundlachi): downlist to Vulnerable?

Gundlach’s Hawk (Accipiter gundlachi), endemic to Cuba, is proposed for downlisting from Endangered to Vulnerable if its population is now stable or increasing as suspected. Continue reading

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Northern Screamer (Chauna chavaria): request for information

Northern Screamer Chauna chavaria is endemic to the marshlands of northern Colombia and north-western Venezuela. It is listed as Vulnerable at the national level in the two countries in which it occurs, and may qualify as globally threatened. To confirm whether this is the case, more information is required, particularly on its status in Colombia, where the majority of the world population is found. Continue reading

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Mexican Parrotlet (Forpus cyanopygius): 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 Mexican Parrotlet Mexican Parrotlet Forpus cyanopygius is restricted to Western Mexico. It is currently listed … Continue reading

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White-breasted Thrasher (Ramphocinclus brachyurus): uplist to Critically 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 White-breasted Thrasher White-breasted Thrasher Ramphocinclus brachyurus occurs as two subspecies: the nominate race is restricted … Continue reading

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Woodpecker Finch (Camarhynchus pallidus): 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 Woodpecker Finch Woodpecker Finch Camarhynchus pallidus is restricted to the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador), where it … Continue reading

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White-chinned Petrel (Procellaria aequinoctialis): 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 White-chinned Petrel White-chinned Petrel Procellaria aequinoctialis is currently classified as Vulnerable under criterion … Continue reading

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Chestnut-capped Piha (Lipaugus weberi): does it qualify as Critically Endangered?

There is some confusion over the level of habitat fragmentation relevant to this species. Given the extremely small range size of this species, the incorporation of severe fragmentation into the Red List assessment would likely qualify the species for Critically Endangered under criterion B1 (cf. Fundación ProAves de Colombia 2011).

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Flammulated Flycatcher (Deltarhynchus flammulatus): 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 Flammulated Flycatcher Flammulated Flycatcher Deltarhynchus flammulatus is restricted to the Mexican Pacific Region. It … Continue reading

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Sierra Madre Sparrow (Xenospiza baileyi): is it correctly listed as Endangered?

Although the range estimates for this species meet the thresholds for Critically Endangered, it does not qualify for this status because it is known from more than one location and its habitat was not considered to be severely fragmented. Further detailed information on this species is requested in order to clarify its status. Continue reading

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Yellow-headed Manakin (Xenopipo flavicapilla): request for information

Yellow-headed Manakin Xenopipo flavicapilla is currently listed as Near Threatened; however, recent information suggests that the species’s rate of decline could be higher than previously thought. Up-to-date information is requested on this species’s likely population size, sub-population structure, estimated rate of decline and the severity of threats to help in the assessment of its threat level under all relevant criteria. Continue reading

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Carrizal Seedeater (Amaurospiza carrizalensis): new information requested.

Carrizal Seedeater Amaurospiza carrizalensis was only described in 2003, shortly after which habitat at the type locality was destroyed. Consequently the species was listed as Critically Endangered with a suspected global population of fewer than 50 individuals and declining. However, surveys in late 2007 and 2008 recorded the species in seven areas in the Caroní basin. Declines are still suspected because other potentially suitable habitat continues to be destroyed. However, the low number of records may be partly due to the difficulty in surveying its habitat. If the species has proven to be more common and widespread and its habitat less threatened than was initially feared then it may warrant downlisting to a lower category of threat. Continue reading

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Long-tailed Woodnymph (Thalurania watertonii): request for information

Long-tailed Woodnymph Thalurania watertonii is listed as Near Threatened under criterion B1a+b(i,ii,iii,iv,v) on the basis that it was thought to have a moderately small range within which its habitat is severely fragmented and its population is suspected to be declining owing to habitat loss. The species’s Extent of Occurrence has now been updated and is estimated at 34,800 km2, which no longer approaches the threshold for Vulnerable under the B1 criterion. This suggests that the species is eligible for downlisting to Least Concern.
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Large Tree-finch (Camarhynchus psittacula): 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 Large Tree-finch Large Tree-finch Camarhynchus psittacula is restricted to the Galápagos islands, Ecuador, with breeding … Continue reading

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Cassin’s Auklet (Ptychoramphus aleuticus): 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 Cassin’s Auklet Cassin’s Auklet Ptychoramphus aleuticus ranges from Baja California (Mexico) up the Pacific … Continue reading

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Plain-flanked Rail (Rallus wetmorei): request for information

The total population might be assumed to fall in the range of 50-249 mature individuals, based on the paucity of recent records and the small number of known localities. Its population is suspected to be rapidly decreasing as its mangrove habitat is lost or degraded owing to coastal housing, tourist and industrial developments, pollution from domestic sewage and agricultural run-off, sedimentation and the restriction of water flow by road-building. In the absence of further information, and if the known population is indeed fewer than 250 mature individuals, in continuing decline and with over 90% of mature individuals in one sub-population, the species might qualify as Critically Endangered under criterion C2a(ii). Continue reading

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Tamaulipas Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium sanchezi): eligible for uplisting?

Remapping of this species’s range has resulted in a new estimated EOO of 19,300 km2. Comments on the potential uplisting of the species and further information are requested, in particular information on the level of habitat fragmentation and number of locations. Continue reading

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Bahia Tapaculo (Eleoscytalopus psychopompus): downlist to Endangered?

Bahia Tapaculo Eleoscytalopus psychopompus is currently listed as Critically Endangered under criterion B1a+b(i,ii,iii,iv,v). Recent records have extended the species’s known range, and editing of its range map has produced a revised EOO estimate of 7,900 km2. This suggests that the species is no longer eligible for Critically Endangered or Endangered status under the B1 criterion. Continue reading

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Venezuelan Wood-quail (Odontophorus columbianus): request for information

Venezuelan Wood-quail Odontophorus columbianus is listed as Near Threatened under criterion B1a+b(i,ii,iii,iv) because, although it has an Extent of Occurrence estimated at 9,400 km2, within which it is suspected to be declining owing to habitat loss and hunting pressure, the population is not considered to be severely fragmented or restricted to a few locations. Up-to-date information is requested on this species’s population, the likely rate of decline over 12 years (estimate of three generations) and the severity of threats.
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Palm Crow (Corvus palmarum): request for information

Palm Crow Corvus palmarum is listed as Near Threatened under criterion B1a+b(iii,v) on the basis that it was considered to have a moderately small range in which habitat degradation and hunting are causing a population decline. The species’s Extent of Occurrence (EOO) has recently been updated by BirdLife and the new EOO is estimated at 103,400 km2, which no longer approaches the threshold for Vulnerable under the B1 criterion.
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Rufous-tailed Hawk (Buteo ventralis): 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 Rufous-tailed Hawk Rufous-tailed Hawk Buteo ventralis is restricted to the lower Andes of Patagonia in … 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: Crescent-chested Puffbird (Malacoptila striata) is being split: list M. minor as Critically Endangered and M. striata as Near Threatened?

Crescent-chested Puffbird Malacoptila striata is being split into M. striata and M. minor, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Xantus’s Murrelet (Synthliboramphus hypoleucus) is being split: list S. hypoleucus as Endangered and S. scrippsi as Vulnerable?

Xantus’s Murrelet Synthliboramphus hypoleucus is being split into S. hypoleucus and S. scrippsi, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010), and consideration of genetic evidence (Birt et al. 2012). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: The recently described taxon Capito fitzpatricki is being recognised as a species by BirdLife: list the species as Near Threatened?

The recently described taxon Capito fitzpatricki (Seeholzer et al. 2012) is being recognised as a species by BirdLife, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Ringed Woodpecker (Celeus torquatus) is being split: request for information on C. tinnunculus, and list C. torquatus as Near Threatened and C. occidentalis as Least Concern?

Ringed Woodpecker Celeus torquatus is being split into C. torquatus, C. occidentalis and C. tinnunculus, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Golden-bellied Starfrontlet (Coeligena bonapartei) is being split: request for information on C. consita

Golden-bellied Starfrontlet Coeligena bonapartei is being split into C. bonapartei, C. eos and C. consita, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Clapper Rail (Rallus longirostris) is being split: list R. obsoletus (incorporating levipes, yumanensis and beldingi) as Near Threatened or Vulnerable?

Clapper Rail Rallus longirostris is being split into R. longirostris, R. obsoletus and R. crepitans, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Sun Parakeet (Aratinga solstitialis) is being split: list A. solstitialis as Endangered and A. maculata as Vulnerable?

Sun Parakeet Aratinga solstitialis is being split into A. solstitialis and A. maculata, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Black-mandibled Toucan (Ramphastos ambiguus) and Chestnut-mandibled Toucan (R. swainsonii) are being lumped as R. ambiguus: list the newly-defined species as Near Threatened?

Black-mandibled Toucan Ramphastos ambiguus and Chestnut-mandibled Toucan R. swainsonii are being lumped as R. ambiguus, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Scarlet-fronted Parakeet (Aratinga wagleri) is being split: request for information

Scarlet-fronted Parakeet Aratinga wagleri is being split into A. wagleri and A. frontalis, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Sapphire Quail-dove (Geotrygon saphirina) is being split: list G. purpurata as Endangered and G. saphirina according to predicated rates of forest loss?

Sapphire Quail-dove Geotrygon saphirina is being split into G. saphirina and G. purpurata, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Festive Coquette (Lophornis chalybeus) is being split: list L. chalybeus as Near Threatened and L. verreauxii as Least Concern?

Festive Coquette Lophornis chalybeus is being split into L. chalybeus and L. verreauxii, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Crimson-bellied Woodpecker (Campephilus haematogaster) is being split: list C. splendens as Near Threatened and C. haematogaster as Least Concern?

Crimson-bellied Woodpecker Campephilus haematogaster is being split into C. haematogaster and C. splendens, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Amethyst-throated Sunangel (Heliangelus amethysticollis) is being split: list H. spencei as Vulnerable or Near Threatened?

Amethyst-throated Sunangel Heliangelus amethysticollis is being split into H. amethysticollis, H. clarisse and H. spencei, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Blue-throated Piping-guan (Pipile cumanensis) is being split: list P. grayi as Near Threatened and P. cumanensis as Least Concern?

Blue-throated Piping-guan Pipile cumanensis is being split into P. cumanensis and P. grayi, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Horned Curassow (Pauxi unicornis) is being split: list P. koepckeae as Critically Endangered and P. unicornis as Endangered?

Horned Curassow Pauxi unicornis is being split into P. unicornis and P. koepckeae, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Versicoloured Barbet (Eubucco versicolor) is being split: list E. steerii as Vulnerable or Near Threatened, E. glaucogularis as Near Threatened and E. versicolor as Least Concern?

Versicoloured Barbet Eubucco versicolor is being split into and E. glaucogularis, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Red-lored Amazon (Amazona autumnalis) is being split: list A. lilacina and A. diadema as Endangered and A. autumnalis as Least Concern?

Red-lored Amazon Amazona autumnalis is being split into A. autumnalis, A. lilacina and A. diadema, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Two Amazona splits: list both Amazona guatemalae and A. bodini as Near Threatened?

Festive Amazon Amazona festiva is being split into A. festiva and A. bodini, and Mealy Amazon A. farinosa is being split into A. farinosa and A. guatemalae, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Bare-faced Curassow (Crax fasciolata) is being split: list C. pinima as Critically Endangered and C. fasciolata as Near Threatened?

Bare-faced Curassow Crax fasciolata is being split into C. fasciolata and C. pinima, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Dark-winged Trumpeter (Psophia viridis) is being split: list P. obscura as Critically Endangered, P. dextralis as Endangered and P. viridis as Vulnerable?

Dark-winged Trumpeter Psophia viridis is being split into P. viridis, P. dextralis and P. obscura, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Painted Parakeet (Pyrrhura picta) is being split: list P. subandina and P. caeruliceps as Critically Endangered, P. eisenmanni as Endangered, and other species as indicated by projected rates of forest loss in Amazonia?

Painted Parakeet Pyrrhura picta is being split into P. picta, P. snethlageae, P. parvifrons, P. amazonum, P. lucianii, P. roseifrons, P. peruviana, P. subandina, P. caeruleiceps and P. eisenmanni, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Comments are invited on suggested Red List categories for a suite of newly-defined species occurring in Amazonia, according to predicted declines based on projected forest loss

BirdLife’s taxonomic treatment of a number of taxa occurring in the Amazonia region has been revised following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). The initial Red List assessments for these newly-defined species have been carried out based on predicted population trends derived from projected forest loss, in line with the methods of Bird et al. (2011). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: King Rail (Rallus elegans) is being split: request for information on R. elegans and R. tenuirostris.

King Rail Rallus elegans is being split into R. elegans and R. tenuirostris, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010) and consultation of genetic evidence (Maley and Brumfield 2013). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: American Coot (Fulica americana) and Caribbean Coot (F. caribaea) are being lumped as F. americana: list the newly defined species as Least Concern?

American Coot Fulica americana and Caribbean Coot F. caribaea are being lumped as F. americana, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010) and study of published information (Robertson and Baptista 1988, McNair and Cramer-Burke 2006, Sibley 2011). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Wedge-tailed Sabrewing (Campylopterus curvipennis) and Long-tailed Sabrewing (C. excellens) are being lumped as C. curvipennis: list the newly defined species as Least Concern?

Wedge-tailed Sabrewing Campylopterus curvipennis and Long-tailed Sabrewing C. excellens are being lumped as C. curvipennis, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Green Parakeet (Aratinga holochlora) and Socorro Parakeet (A. brevipes) are being lumped as A. holochlora: list the newly defined species as Least Concern?

Green Parakeet Aratinga holochlora and Socorro Parakeet A. brevipes are being lumped as A. holochlora, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Silvery Grebe (Podiceps occipitalis) is being split: list P. juninensis as Near Threatened or Vulnerable?

Silvery Grebe Podiceps occipitalis is being split into P. occipitalis and P. juninensis, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Plumbeous Hawk (Leucopternis plumbeus): 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 2014. BirdLife species factsheet for Plumbeous Hawk Plumbeous Hawk Leucopternis plumbeus is considered rare to uncommon in east Panama, west … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Balsas Screech-owl (Megascops seductus): downlist to Least Concern?

Balsas Screech-owl Megascops seductus has a moderately small range in west-central Mexico, where it is a fairly common resident. It is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List because it was thought to have a restricted range that approaches the threshold for listing as Vulnerable, however this species has been mapped by Natureserve/BirdLife International as having an estimated Extent of Occurrence (EOO) of 80,200 km2, hence it does not appear to approach the IUCN thresholds and appears to warrant downlisting to Least Concern. Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: McKay’s Bunting (Plectrophenax hyperboreus): 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 McKay’s Bunting McKay’s Bunting Plectrophenax hyperboreus breeds on Hall and St Matthew islands (USA) … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Hoary Puffleg (Haplophaedia lugens): request for information

Hoary Puffleg Haplophaedia lugens is listed as Near Threatened, but up-to-date information is requested on this species’s total population size, the severity of threats and the likely population trend, which should be estimated for a period of 12 years (estimate of three generations). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: White-browed Antpitta (Hylopezus ochroleucus): downlist to Least Concern?

White-browed Antpitta Hylopezus ochroleucus is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List, however, this species has been mapped by Natureserve/BirdLife International as having an estimated Extent of Occurrence (EOO) of 546,000 km2, hence it appears to warrant downlisting to Least Concern. 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: Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes): request for information

Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes is listed as Least Concern on the basis that it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under any of the IUCN criteria. In recent years, evidence of declines in the population of T. flavipes has raised concerns over the species’s status. Up-to-date information is requested on this species’s population trend and the severity of potential threats. Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Black-and-chestnut Eagle (Spizaetus isidori): uplist to Endangered?

Black-and-chestnut Eagle (Spizaetus isidori) is proposed for uplisting to Endangered if all subpopulations are thought likely to number fewer than 250 mature individuals. Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Grey-winged Cotinga (Tijuca condita): 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 Grey-winged Cotinga Grey-winged Cotinga Tijuca condita was thought to be restricted to the Serra … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Chilean Woodstar (Eulidia yarrellii): uplist to Critically 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 Chilean Woodstar Chilean Woodstar Eulidia yarrellii is only known to breed regularly in the Azapa … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Hyacinth Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus): request for information

Hyacinth Macaw Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus is currently listed as Endangered under criterion A2c,d because the population has undergone very rapid declines in the past and the threats of illegal trapping for the cagebird trade and habitat loss persist. The rate of past declines has been estimated to be in the range of 50-79% over 45 years (estimate of three generations). It is now unclear whether the population as a whole is still declining at a rate of 50-79% over 45 years. Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Andean Flamingo (Phoenicoparrus andinus), Puna Flamingo (P. jamesi) and Chilean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis): downlist all to Least Concern?

Andean Flamingo Phoenicoparrus andinus is currently listed as Vulnerable under the A criterion, and James’s Flamingo P. jamesi and Chilean Flamingo Phoenicopterus chilensis are listed as Near Threatened under the A criterion. The results of surveys carried out for the International Simultaneous Census and Simultaneous Census of Network Sites in 2010 and six previous years since 1997 suggest that the population trends of these species are in fact stable or increasing (Marconi et al. in press). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Pernambuco Foliage-gleaner (Automolus lammi): newly-split

This discussion was first published on Jan 18 2011 as part of the 2011 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2014. Pernambuco Foliage-gleaner Automolus lammi has been split from White-eyed Foliage-gleaner A. leucopthalmus following … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Yellow-billed Magpie (Pica nuttalli): eligible for uplisting?

There is now evidence that this species has suffered high levels of mortality and a severe population decline owing to a high susceptibility to West Nile virus (Airola et al. 2007, Crosbie et al. 2008), since its documented arrival in California in summer 2003 (Reisen et al. 2004), with data suggesting a decline of 42-49% from 2004 to 2006 (Crosbie et al. 2008). Comments are invited on the potential uplisting of this species under criterion A, and further information is requested, particularly on whether the observed rapid decline and high mortality have continued up until the present. Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina): uplist to Near Threatened?

It is proposed that the species be uplisted as Near Threatened under criterion A2a, on the basis that it is estimated to have undergone a moderately rapid population decline (approaching 30%) over the past three generations (12 years), based on survey results. Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Rio de Janeiro Antbird (Cercomacra brasiliana): request for information

Rio de Janeiro Antbird Cercomacra brasiliana is listed as Near Threatened under criterion B1a+b(i,ii,iii,v) on the basis that it was known from fewer than 10 locations within a moderately small range, in which it was generally considered rare or uncommon, with numbers probably declining. Following on from improved knowledge of its distribution in areas where it had previously been overlooked (del Hoyo et al. 2003), the species’s Extent of Occurrence has been updated by BirdLife.
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Archived 2014 discussion: Lilac-crowned Amazon (Amazona finschi): 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 Lilac-crowned Amazon Lilac-crowned Amazon Amazona finschi is restricted to the Pacific coast of Mexico (Forshaw … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Grey-headed Quail-dove (Geotrygon caniceps) is being split: list G. leucometopius as Endangered and G. caniceps as Vulnerable?

Grey-headed Quail-dove Geotrygon caniceps is being split into G. caniceps and G. leucometopius, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Lesser Rhea (Rhea pennata) is being split: list R. tarapacensis as Endangered?

Lesser Rhea Rhea pennata is being split into R. pennata and R. tarapacensis, 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: Montezuma Quail (Cyrtonyx montezumae) is being split: list C. sallei as Near Threatened?

Montezuma Quail Cyrtonyx montezumae is being split into C. montezumae and C. sallei following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Broad-billed Hummingbird (Cynanthus latirostris) is being split: list C. lawrencei as Near Threatened?

Broad-billed Hummingbird Cynanthus latirostris is being split into C. latirostris, C. doubledayi and C. lawrencei, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Bearded Helmetcrest (Oxypogon guerinii) is being split: list both O. cyanolaemus and O. stuebelii as Vulnerable and both O. guerinii and O. lindenii as Near Threatened?

Bearded Helmetcrest Oxypogon guerinii is being split into O. guerinii, O. cyanolaemus, O. lindenii and O. struebelii, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Black-faced Ibis (Theristicus melanopis) is being split: list T. melanopis and T. branickii as Near Threatened or Vulnerable?

Black-faced Ibis Theristicus melanopis is being split into T. melanopis and T. branickii, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Great Lizard-cuckoo (Coccyzus merlini) is being split: list C. bahamensis as Near Threatened?

Great Lizard-cuckoo Coccyzus merlini is being split into C. merlini and C. bahamensis, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: The newly described taxon Oceanites pincoyae is to be recognised as a species by BirdLife: list as Data Deficient?

The newly described taxon Oceanites pincoyae (Harrison et al. 2013) is to be recognised as a species following application of the Tobias et al. (2010) criteria, which support its distinctiveness from congeners. Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Olive-throated Parakeet (Aratinga nana) is being split: list A. nana as Near Threatened?

Olive-throated Parakeet Aratinga nana is being split into A. nana and A. astec, 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 2014 discussion: Maroon-faced Parakeet (Pyrrhura leucotis) is being split: list P. leucotis as Vulnerable and P. emma as Near Threatened or Least Concern?

Maroon-faced Parakeet Pyrrhura leucotis is being split into P. leucotis and P. emma, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Brazilian Black-tyrant (Knipolegus franciscanus): downlist to Least Concern?

BirdLife Species Factsheet for Brazilian Black-tyrant Brazilian Black-tyrant Knipolegus franciscanus is a dry forest species associated with limestone outcrops at most known locations. It is currently listed as Near Threatened as it was believed to have a declining population which … 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: Black-browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophrys): downlist to Near Threatened?

BirdLife Species Factsheet for Black-browed Albatross Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophrys is currently listed as Endangered under criterion A4bd on the basis of a projected ongoing population decline of more than 50% over three generations (65 years). Around 70% of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes): downlist to Near Threatened?

BirdLife Species Factsheet for Black-footed Albatross Black-footed Albatross Phoebastria nigripes breeds on the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (USA), the US Minor Outlying Islands and three outlying islands of Japan, colonies having been lost from other Pacific islands. The species is currently … Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Olrog’s Gull (Larus atlanticus): request for information.

BirdLife species factsheet for Olrog’s Gull Olrog’s Gull Larus atlanticus breeds on the coast of Argentina between 38°49′ and 45°11′S (Yorio et al. 2005). It is currently listed as Vulnerable under B1ab(ii,iii,v); C2a(i) because it has a small range and population (<10,000 … Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Rufous-tailed Antbird (Drymophila genei): downlist to Least Concern?

BirdLife species factsheet for Rufous-tailed Antbird Rufous-tailed Antbird Drymophila genei occurs in montane forests of south-east Brazil (south Espírito Santo, south-east Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro and north-east São Paulo) (Ridgely and Tudor 1994, Parker et al. 1996). It has been recorded … Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Dwarf Tinamou (Taoniscus nanus): downlist to Near Threatened or Least Concern?

BirdLife species factsheet for Dwarf Tinamou Dwarf Tinamou Taoniscus nanus is currently restricted to the “cerrado” (tropical savanna) of central and south-east Brazil in Distrito Federal, Goiás, Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso do Sul, Tocantins, São Paulo and formerly Paraná (L. F. Silveira … Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Brazilian Merganser (Mergus octosetaceus): downlist to Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Brazilian Merganser Brazilian Merganser Mergus octosetaceus occurs at a few highly disjunct localities in south-central Brazil, with a few records from Argentina in 2002 (the first in the country for 10 years despite extensive surveys) (Benstead 1994, Hearn … Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Sulphur-throated Finch (Sicalis taczanowskii): uplist to Near Threatened?

BirdLife species factsheet for Sulphur-throated Finch Sulphur-throated Finch Sicalis taczanowskii is restricted to the Tumbesian region of extreme wetern Ecuador and north-west Peru. It is currently listed as Least Concern because it was not thought to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under … Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Green-capped Tanager (Tangara meyerdeschauenseei): downlist to Near Threatened?

BirdLife species factsheet for Green-capped Tanager Green-capped Tanager Tangara meyerdeschauenseei is described as relatively common at three sites in the arid area at the headwaters of the río Inambari in Puno, south-east Peru.  It is currently listed as Vulnerable under criterion D2 … Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Bolivian Spinetail (Cranioleuca henricae): uplist to Critically Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Bolivian Spinetail Bolivian Spinetail Cranioleuca henricae occurs in dry valleys on the east slope of the Andes in west Bolivia (Cochabamba and La Paz). It is currently listed as Endangered under criterion B1ab(i,ii,iii,v) because it has a small … Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Royal Cinclodes (Cinclodes aricomae): downlist to Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Royal Cinclodes Royal Cinclodes Cinclodes aricomae occurs in the Andes of south-east Peru (Cuzco, Apurímac, Puno, Ayacucho and Junín) and adjacent La Paz, Bolivia (C. Aucca Chutas in litt.  2012). It is currently listed as Critically Endangered … Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Golden Parakeet (Guaruba guarouba): downlist to Vulnerable?

BirdLife species factsheet for Golden Parakeet Golden Parakeet Guaruba guarouba is restricted to Brazil, where most records come from between the Tocantins, lower Xingú and Tapajós rivers in the Amazon Basin of Pará. There are additional records from adjacent north Maranhão, … Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Cloud-forest Pygmy-owl (Glaucidium nubicola): uplist to Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Cloud-forest Pygmy-owl Cloud-forest Pygmy-owl Glaucidium nubicola occurs on the west slope of the west Andes of central and south Colombia and north Ecuador. It has been recorded at few locations, of which at least one has been … Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Yellow-eared Parrot (Ognorhynchus icterotis): downlist to Vulnerable?

BirdLife species factsheet for Yellow-eared Parrot Yellow-eared Parrot Ognorhynchus icterotis is currently classified as Endangered under criterion D of the IUCN Red List on the basis that the known population of mature individuals is extremely small. This species formerly occurred in … Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: Pileated Flycatcher (Xenotriccus mexicanus): downlist to Least Concern?

Pileated Flycatcher Xenotriccus mexicanus is listed as Near Threatened, however, this species has been mapped by Natureserve/BirdLife International as having an estimated Extent of Occurrence (EOO) of 113,000 km2, hence it does not appear to approach the IUCN thresholds and appears to warrant downlisting to Least Concern. Continue reading

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Archived 2012-2013 topics: São Francisco Sparrow (Arremon franciscanus): downlist to Least Concern?

São Francisco Sparrow Arremon franciscanus is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List, however, this species has been mapped by Natureserve/BirdLife International as having an estimated Extent of Occurrence (EOO) of 56,100 km2, hence it appears to warrant downlisting to Least Concern. Continue reading

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