Yellow-breasted Pipit (Hemimacronyx chloris): uplist from Vulnerable to Endangered?

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 2018 Red List update this post remains open and the date of posting has been updated.

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 be declining at a moderate rate which was expected to increase to >30%. As such it had previously been listed as Vulnerable under criteria A3c; B1ab(i,ii,iii,iv,v), and has been listed as Vulnerable under criteria A2bc+A4c; B1bc+B2bc; C1 in the 2015 Red Data Book of Birds of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland (Taylor et al. 2015).

More recent data from Pietersen et al. in prep. suggests that the population decline has been more rapid than expected with declines of 72-75% recorded since the assessment in Barnes (2000). While such a decline may in fact arise from more accurate population assessments, the population is still likely to have declined at a fast rate in line with the loss and degradation of its habitat. Still, using a conservative lower bound for the decline of at least 50% (given the 72-75% presented by Pietersen et al.) this species would qualify as Endangered under criteria A2bc (past declines based on index of abundance and declines in EOO/AOO/habitat quality, where the threat has not ceased).

Comments are invited for this proposed uplisting and any further information would be welcome.

Reference

Barnes, K. N. 2000. The Eskom Red Data Book of birds of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. BirdLife South Africa, Johannesburg

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, Johannesburg

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4 Responses to Yellow-breasted Pipit (Hemimacronyx chloris): uplist from Vulnerable to Endangered?

  1. James Westrip (BirdLife) says:

    Based on available information, our proposal for the 2016 Red List would be to pend the decision on this species and keep this discussion open until 2017, while leaving the current Red List category unchanged in the 2016 update.

    Final 2016 Red List categories will be published on the BirdLife and IUCN websites in early December, following further checking of information relevant to the assessments by both BirdLife and IUCN.

  2. Alan Lee says:

    Reporting rate and range change metrics between atlas periods do not suggest alarming declines, but range fragmentation is high (Lee, Altwegg, Barnard in press). Year on year reporting rate trends based solely on SABAP2 data indicate a positive change of reporting rate by year for the period (p = 0.03). A chart of this can be emailed on request. Therefore national SA population is by all accounts currently stable with low rates of decline, indicating vulnerable, but not endangered status.

  3. James Westrip (BirdLife) says:

    Preliminary proposals

    Based on available information, our preliminary proposal for the 2017 Red List would be to pend the decision on this species and keep this discussion open until 2018, while leaving the current Red List category unchanged in the 2017 update.

    There is now a period for further comments until the final deadline of 4 August, after which the recommended categorisations will be put forward to IUCN.

    Please note that we will then only post final recommended categorisations on forum discussions where these differ from the initial proposal.

    The final 2017 Red List categories will be published on the BirdLife and IUCN websites in early December, following further checking of information relevant to the assessments by both BirdLife and IUCN.

  4. James Westrip (BirdLife) says:

    Preliminary proposals

    Based on available information, our preliminary proposal for the 2018 Red List would be to list Yellow-breasted Pipit as Vulnerable under criteria A3c; C2a(i); D1.

    There is now a period for further comments until the final deadline in mid-July, after which the recommended categorisations will be put forward to IUCN.

    Please note that we will then only post final recommended categorisations on forum discussions where these differ from the initial proposal.
    The final 2018 Red List categories will be published on the BirdLife and IUCN websites in November, following further checking of information relevant to the assessments by both BirdLife and IUCN.

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