This discussion was first published as part of the 2016 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding its status was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of this species as part of the 2017 Red List update this post remained open and the date of posting was updated.
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 (Taylor et al. 2015). The species is currently listed globally as Least Concern but in the 2015 Eskom Red Data Book of Birds of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland (Taylor et al. 2015) this species was listed as Near Threatened because the species may have undergone a population size reduction over the past 10 years based on a decline of c34% in Area of Occupancy (based on comparisons of South African Bird Atlas Project data), as well as having a population size of <10,000 individuals. Additionally, Lee et al. (in press) suggest a range decline of 13% (with a core range decline of 9% since 1992). Climate change is also likely to affect this species and so it may require immediate monitoring (Taylor et al. 2015).
Confirmation of the trends presented in Taylor et al. (2015) may require the species to be uplisted to Vulnerable under criteria A2c and C1, but it is likely that it may be under-reported due to it being cryptic and inconspicuous, and a paucity of monitoring coverage during the second South African Bird Atlas Project, and so declines may not be sufficiently great to deserve uplisting to Vulnerable (Taylor et al. 2015). Therefore uplisting to Near Threatened (under criteria A2c+3c+4c; C1) has been proposed. Comments on the proposed uplisting are welcome.
Lee, A.; Barnard, P.; Altwegg, R. (in press) Estimating conservation metrics from atlas data: the case of southern African endemic birds. Bird Conservation International.
Taylor, M. R.; Peacock, F.; Wanless, R. M. 2015. The 2015 Eskom Red Data Book of Birds of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. BirdLife South Africa,