BirdLife species factsheet for Red-eared Parrotfinch
Red-eared Parrotfinch (Erythrura coloria) is endemic to Mindanao, Philippines. Until recently, it was only observed at a limited number of sites, but is now known to be more widespread. It inhabits a variety of habitats, from the undergrowth of montane forest to forest edges, secondary growth, thickets and areas of tall grass. Red-eared Parrotfinch is not well known. The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as scarce or very uncommon (Clement 1999). Forests within the range of Red-eared Parrotfinch are not thought to be under imminent threat (see Tracewski et al. 2016, Global Forest Watch 2020) and the species is thought to be stable.
Red-eared Parrotfinch has been considered Near Threatened, approaching the threshold for listing as threatened under Criterion B1ab(iii) (BirdLife International 2020). However, this is no longer tenable because this was based on an Extent of Occurrence (EOO) value calculated as the ‘area of mapped range’. This is no longer appropriate and the EOO should be calculated using a Minimum Convex Polygon (see IUCN 2001, 2012, Joppa et al. 2016), as EOO is a measure of the spatial spread of areas occupied by a species, not the actual area it occupies. The resulting EOO value now exceeds the thresholds required to maintain the species’s current listing, and as such it potentially cannot retain its current Red List status. Therefore, we have fully reviewed the species here against all criteria.
Criterion A – The population is thought to be stable. The only potential threat known to Red-eared Parrotfinch is habitat loss, but forest loss within the range has been negligible (< 1% over ten years; Tracewski et al. 2016, see also Global Forest Watch 2020; one generation length being 2.6 years; Bird et al. 2020*). Therefore, Red-eared Parrotfinch may be listed as Least Concern under Criterion A.
Criterion B – The newly calculated Extent of Occurrence (EOO) for this species is 50,100 km2. This is too large to meet the threshold for Vulnerable under Criterion B1, and Red-eared Parrotfinch may be listed as Least Concern under this criterion. The Area of Occupancy (AOO) has not been quantified following IUCN Guidelines (IUCN Standards and Petitions Committee 2019), and therefore the species cannot be assessed against Criterion B2.
Criterion C – The global population size has not been quantified. Therefore, Red-eared Parrotfinch cannot be assessed against this criterion.
Criterion D – The global population size has not been quantified. Therefore, Red-eared Parrotfinch cannot be assessed against this criterion.
Criterion E – To the best of our knowledge, there has been no quantitative analysis of extinction risk conducted for this species. Therefore, it cannot be assessed against this criterion.
Therefore, it is suggested that Red-eared Parrotfinch (Erythrura coloria) be listed as Least Concern.We welcome any comments to the proposed listing.
Please note that this topic is not designed to be a general discussion about the ecology of the species, rather a discussion of the species’ Red List status. Therefore, please make sure your comments are relevant to the species’ Red List status and the information requested. By submitting a comment, you confirm that you agree to the Comment Policy.
*Bird generation lengths are estimated using the methodology of Bird et al. (2020), as applied to parameter values updated for use in each IUCN Red List for birds reassessment cycle. Values used for the current assessment are available on request. We encourage people to contact us with additional or improved values for the following parameters; adult survival (true survival accounting for dispersal derived from an apparently stable population); mean age at first breeding; and maximum longevity (i.e. the biological maximum, hence values from captive individuals are acceptable).
An information booklet on the Red List Categories and Criteria can be downloaded here and the Red List Criteria Summary Sheet can be downloaded here. Detailed guidance on IUCN Red List terms and definitions and the application of the Red List Categories and Criteria can be downloaded here.
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