Author Archives: James Westrip (BirdLife)

Shelley’s Eagle-owl (Bubo shelleyi): revise global status?

A rare and poorly known species, Shelley’s Eagle-owl (Bubo shelleyi) is currently listed as Near Threatened (see BirdLife International 2018). It is known only from scattered locations from Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana (where it could now be extirpated), … Continue reading

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Le Conte’s Thrasher (Toxostoma lecontei): request for information.

Currently listed as Least Concern (BirdLife International 2018), Le Conte’s Thrasher (Toxostoma lecontei) is found only in dry scrubland of south-west U.S.A. and north-west Mexico (north-west Sonora and Baja California) (see Cody 2018). Although currently listed as stable, declines are … Continue reading

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Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys): revise global status?

Currently listed as Least Concern (BirdLife International 2018), Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys) breeds from southern Canada through the Great Plains of U.S.A. to east New Mexico, northern Texas and west Oklahoma. It is present year-round in the southern part of … Continue reading

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Henslow’s Sparrow (Passerculus henslowii): revise global status?

Henslow’s Sparrow (Passerculus henslowii) is a migratory New World Sparrow of North America, currently listed as Near Threatened due to suspected moderately rapid declines, although there have been positive trends noted recently (see BirdLife International 2018). During the breeding season … Continue reading

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Harris’s Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula): revise global status?

Currently listed as Least Concern (BirdLife International 2018), Harris’s Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula) is a breeding endemic of northern Canada. It is a migratory species, and overwinters in central and southern U.S.A. During the breeding season it occurs at the forest-tundra … Continue reading

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Greater Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido): revise global status?

Greater Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido) originally was thought to occur in natural prairies from central Alberta (Canada), south through central U.S.A. and into Texas. Now, however, it is no longer found in Canada, and only remains in scattered patches, predominantly in … Continue reading

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Evening Grosbeak (Hesperiphona vespertina): revise global status?

Evening Grosbeak (Hesperiphona vespertina) is endemic to continental North America. An irruptive species, it breeds in conifer forest in a band across northern U.S.A. and southern Canada, as well as western U.S.A. and into western and southern Mexico. In winter … Continue reading

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Newell’s Shearwater (Puffinus newelli) is being split: assessment of newly recognised taxa.

BirdLife species factsheet for Newell’s Shearwater: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/newells-shearwater-puffinus-newelli   Follow a taxonomic reassessment, Newell’s Shearwater (Puffinus newelli), has been split into Newell’s Shearwater (P. newelli) and Rapa Shearwater (P. myrtae). The newly defined Newell’s Shearwater breeds on Hawaiian Islands, predominantly on … Continue reading

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Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna): revise global status?

Currently listed as Least Concern (BirdLife International 2018), Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna) has a very large range from south-east Canada, though eastern and southern U.S.A., Mexico, Central America, Cuba and into northern South America from Colombia across to northern Brazil … Continue reading

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Band-rumped Storm-petrel (Hydrobates castro) is being split: assessment of newly recognised taxa.

Following a taxonomic reassessment, the Band-rumped Storm-petrel, Hydrobates castro, has been split on the HBW/BirdLife International checklist into H. castro and H. jabejabe. H. castro encompasses the vast majority of the range of the pre-split species and with no evidence to … Continue reading

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A Review of the Red List Status of Endemic Birds of São Tomé and Príncipe

São Tomé and Príncipe is an island nation in the Gulf of Guinea, with each of its main two islands listed as separate Endemic Bird Areas (BirdLife International 2018b,c). The country’s native birds include 14 globally threatened species (16% of … Continue reading

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Sao Tome White-eye (Zosterops feae): revise global status?

Endemic to the island of São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sao Tome White-eye (Zosterops feae) was recently split from Principe White-eye (Zosterops focedulinus) (del Hoyo and Collar 2016). It is predominantly a forest species, preferring mid- to high-altitude areas, … Continue reading

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Sao Tome Thrush (Turdus olivaceofuscus): revise global status?

Sao Tome Thrush (Turdus olivaceofuscus) is endemic to the island of São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe. Favouring the lowlands, it inhabits predominantly forest habitats, mainly primary and secondary forest, but will also occur in shaded plantations, orchards, dry woodland … Continue reading

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Sao Tome Green-pigeon (Treron sanctithomae): request for information.

Sao Tome Green-pigeon (Treron sanctithomae) is now only found on the island of São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe having formerly also occurred on the nearby Ilhéu das Rolas. It is predominantly a forest species, but will tolerate some forest … Continue reading

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Principe White-eye (Zosterops ficedulinus): revise global status?

Principe White-eye (Zosterops ficedulinus) is endemic to the island of Príncipe, São Tomé and Príncipe. It was recently split from Sao Tome White-eye (Zosterops feae) (del Hoyo and Collar 2016) and at the time was assessed as Vulnerable under criterion … Continue reading

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Principe Speirops (Zosterops leucophaeus): revise global status?

Principe Speirops (Zosterops leucophaeus) is endemic to the island of Príncipe, São Tomé and Príncipe, and is currently listed as Near Threatened (BirdLife International 2018). It is considered to be a forest species, and as such has been considered to … Continue reading

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Giant Weaver (Ploceus grandis): revise global status?

Giant Weaver (Ploceus grandis) is endemic to the island of São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe, occurring throughout a range of habitat types from forest and plantations to degraded habitats, although seldom in savanna (Craig 2018). Recent surveys even resulted … Continue reading

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Giant Sunbird (Dreptes thomensis): revise global status?

Giant Sunbird (Dreptes thomensis) is endemic to São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe. A predominantly primary forest species, it occurs in both lowland and montane forest up to 2,000m, although with some records from the forest-edge of cultivated areas and … Continue reading

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Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula): revise global status?

Currently listed as Least Concern (BirdLife International 2018), the Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) is found solely in North America, with the vast majority of its range in U.S.A. and Canada. In the south of its range it is resident, but … Continue reading

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Chuck-will’s-widow (Antrostomus carolinensis): revise global status?

Currently listed as Least Concern (BirdLife International 2018), Chuck-will’s-widow (Antrostomus carolinensis) is a migratory species of the Americas. It breeds in south-east Canada and eastern U.S.A. preferring wooded (particularly deciduous and mixed) habitats, although it will venture in suburban areas, … Continue reading

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Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica): revise global status?

Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) is a migratory species, breeding in eastern North America from southern Canada to the Gulf Coast states of U.S.A., and occasionally in California and Arizona. It winters in north-western South America, and while the exact range is uncertain … Continue reading

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Leach’s Storm-petrel (Hydrobates leucorhous) is being split: assessment of newly recognised taxa.

Following a taxonomic reassessment, Leach’s Storm-petrel (Hydrobates leucorhous) has been split on the HBW/BirdLife International checklist into H. leucorhous, H. socorroensis and H. cheimomnestes. When treated as subspecies, H. l. socorroensis was referred to as Townsend’s Storm-petrel, and H. l. … Continue reading

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Black-headed Rufous-warbler (Bathmocercus cerviniventris): request for information.

Currently listed as Near Threatened, the Black-headed Rufous-warbler (Bathmocercus cerviniventris) is endemic to the Upper Guinea forest of West Africa (see BirdLife International 2018), where the species is predominantly threatened by habitat destruction and degradation. The species is listed as … Continue reading

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Madagascar Grebe (Tachybaptus pelzelnii): revise global status?

Madagascar Grebe (Tachybaptus pelzelnii) is endemic to Madagascar, generally frequenting shallow freshwater pools and lakes with dense lily pads, although it will occur on brackish and deeper water (del Hoyo et al. 1992, Langrand 1995, Fjeldså 2004, H. G. Young in litt. 2012). The … Continue reading

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Yellow-billed Magpie (Pica nutalli): revise global status?

Yellow-billed Magpie (Pica nutalli) is endemic to California, U.S.A., west of the Sierra Nevada Mountains (Marzluff and Sharpe 2018). It is native to oak savanna, with trees scattered among expanses of pasture or grassland, but it also makes use of … Continue reading

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Hawaiian Petrel (Pterodroma sandwichensis): revise global status?

Hawaiian Petrel (Pterodroma sandwichensis) is known only to breed on the Hawaiian islands of Hawai`i, Lana`i, Moloka`i, Kaua`i and Maui, and it ranges through the central Pacific. Analysis by Spear et al. (1995) gave a best estimate for the population … Continue reading

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Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea): revise global status?

Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea) is a wide-ranging migratory songbird of the Americas. It breeds in North America, in southern Ontario and Quebec (Canada) and throughout central and eastern U.S.A., and migrates to spend the non-breeding season in northern and western … Continue reading

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Brown-capped Rosy-finch (Leucosticte australis): revise global status?

Endemic to U.S.A., Brown-capped Rosy Finch (Leucosticte australis) is found only in the Rocky Mountains from southern Wyoming to northern New Mexico (Clement 2018). A high-altitude, tundra breeder, it will conduct some altitudinal movements to avoid severe weather in the … Continue reading

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Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata): revise global status?

Currently listed as Least Concern (see BirdLife International 2018), Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) is an extremely abundant passerine, breeding in boreal forest throughout Canada and Alaska, and into the extreme north-east of U.S.A. too (see Curson 2018). It is a … Continue reading

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Black-capped Vireo (Vireo atricapilla): revise global status?

Black-capped Vireo (Vireo atricapilla) once bred from south Kansas through Oklahoma and Texas (U.S.A.) into Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas (Mexico). Its breeding range has contracted though, and it is now thought to be absent from Kansas, and is only … Continue reading

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Black Swift (Cypseloides niger): revise global status?

Currently listed as Least Concern (see BirdLife International 2018), Black Swift (Cypseloides niger) is known to breed in western North America, from southern Alaska and western Canada into south-west U.S.A. and central Mexico, and south through Central America to Costa … Continue reading

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Bell’s Vireo (Vireo bellii): revise global status?

Bell’s Vireo (Vireo bellii) is a migrant passerine, breeding across central and south-western U.S.A., and through northern Mexico; while it overwinters in southern Baja California (Mexico), along the western coast of Mexico and into Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, and … Continue reading

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Bachman’s Sparrow (Peucaea aestivalis): revise global status?

Bachman’s Sparrow (Peucaea aestivalis) is endemic to U.S.A. occurring on the coastal plains and Piedmont of south U.S.A. The species is generally found in lowland pine woodland, although it may also occur in clear-cut areas with grassy undergrowth and even … Continue reading

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Santa Cruz Ground-dove (Alopecoenas sanctaecrucis): revise global status?

In the most recent Red List assessment for Santa Cruz Ground-dove (Alopecoenas sanctacrucis) the species was considered to occur on only two islands – the volcanic island of Tinakula, Solomon Islands, and Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu; with the species thought to … Continue reading

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Eastern Whip-poor-will (Antrostomus vociferus): revise global status?

Currently listed as Least Concern (BirdLife International 2018), Eastern Whip-poor-will (Antrostomus vociferus) breeds in southern central and eastern Canada, and east-central and eastern U.S.A., wintering in south-east U.S.A., Mexico and into Central America. The species favours open forest and woodland … Continue reading

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Tongan Scrubfowl (Megapodius pritchardii): revise global status?

Tongan Scrubfowl (Megapodius pritchardii) is endemic to Tonga and, although fossil evidence suggests it once had a wider distribution, it is now only found on two islands; a remnant population on Niuafo’ou, and a re-introduced population on Fonualei. A re-introduction … Continue reading

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Pink Pigeon (Nesoenas mayeri): revise global status?

Endemic to Mauritius, the Pink Pigeon (Nesoenas mayeri) numbered only 12 wild individuals in 1986 (see Mauritian Wildlife Foundation webpage; http://www.mauritian-wildlife.org/application/index.php?tpid=30&tcid=33). Intensive conservation efforts have aided the recovery of the species, combatting threats such as habitat loss, predation by and … Continue reading

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White-fronted Tern (Sterna striata): revise global status?

White-fronted Tern (Sterna striata) is found in south-western Australasia, and is split into three subspecies. The nominate S. s. striata breeds on North, South and Stewart Islands of New Zealand; S. s. aucklandorum breeds on the Chatham Islands and Auckland … Continue reading

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Grey-breasted Babbler (Malacopteron albogulare): request for information.

Grey-breasted Babbler (Malacopteron albogulare) is found in lowland forest habitats (particularly peatswamp and heath forest on alluvial plains) in Peninsular Malaysia as well as the islands of Sumatra and Borneo. Habitat loss is considered to be the primary threat to … Continue reading

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Black-billed Gull (Larus bulleri): revise global status?

Black-billed Gull (Larus bulleri) is endemic to New Zealand, with the majority of the population (c.70%) in Southland (McClellan 2009). It mainly breeds along braided river systems, though it can use other habitat types such as lake margins, sand-spits, riverflats … Continue reading

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Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus): revise global status?

Currently listed as Least Concern (BirdLife International 2018), Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) breeds in second growth forests of south-east Alaska, western Canada and north-west U.S.A.; in winter it migrates to the Gulf Coast of U.S.A., southern California and throughout Mexico … Continue reading

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Allen’s Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin): revise global status?

Currently listed as Least Concern (BirdLife International 2018), Allen’s Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin) comprises two subspecies. One is migratory, breeding in coastal western U.S.A. from Oregon to California, and wintering in central Mexico (see Altshuler et al. 2018). The other is … Continue reading

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Pale-throated Wren-babbler (Spelaeornis kinneari): revise global status?

The Pale-throated Wren-babbler (Spelaeornis kinneari) had been listed as Vulnerable since 2011, until it was downlisted in 2017 to Near Threatened (BirdLife International 2018) because of the recognition of potential range extensions, and a change to the use of Minimum … Continue reading

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Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris): revise global status?

Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris) is a migratory songbird that breeds in southern and eastern U.S.A. and northern Mexico, overwintering from central Mexico south through Central America, as well as in southern Florida (U.S.A.) and parts of the Caribbean (see Brewer … Continue reading

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Spectacled Eider (Somateria fischeri): request for information.

Spectacled Eider (Somateria fischeri) is a migratory duck from Russia and Alaska (U.S.A.). It is considered to be made up of three main breeding subpopulations, found around the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta (Alaska), in Arctic Alaska and along the Arctic coast of … Continue reading

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Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax): revise global status?

Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax) is a widespread raptor species found across Sub-Saharan Africa and the South Asian subcontinent, with isolated populations in North Africa and the Middle East (see Ferguson-Lees and Christie 2001, Kemp and Kirwan 2017). Most populations are … Continue reading

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Kagu (Rhynochetos jubatus): revise global status?

The enigmatic Kagu (Rhynochetos jubatus) is endemic to New Caledonia (to France), occurring primarily in forest habitats. Its restricted and severely fragmented range means that it has been considered Endangered, although this may now require revision. Population trends had previously … Continue reading

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Black-headed Parrotbill (Psittiparus margaritae): revise global status?

Black-headed Parrotbill (Psittiparus margaritae) is found on the Da Lat Plateau in southern Vietnam as well as into the adjacent Mondulkiri Province of eastern Cambodia. The species occurs in forest habitats, but can be found in more degraded areas such … Continue reading

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Tickell’s Brown Hornbill (Anorrhinus tickelli): request for information.

Tickell’s Brown Hornbill (Anorrhinus tickelli) is predominantly found in dense forest of southern Myanmar and adjacent Thailand up to 1,500m (Kemp and Boesman 2017). As with many hornbill species in this region deforestation and hunting may be leading to population … Continue reading

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A reassessment of the Red List status of several Asian hornbill species

BirdLife is currently undertaking a review of the Red List status of forest dependent species following analyses of forest loss carried out by Tracewski et al. (2016) (see background forum topic here). A subset of Asian hornbill species come out … Continue reading

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Species to be potentially uplisted after a reassessment of species against criterion A, following Tracewski et al. (2016)

This topic is open for comments on all species presented in the attached pdf. These species are; Grey-rumped Treeswift (Hemiprocne longipennis), Silver-rumped Spinetail (Rhaphidura leucopygialis), Barred Eagle-owl (Bubo sumatranus), Chaco Owl (Strix chacoensis), Wallace’s Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus nanus), Rufous-bellied Eagle (Lophotriorchis … Continue reading

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ko’ko’/Guam Rail (Hypotaenidia owstoni): revise global status?

The ko’ko’/Guam rail (Hypotaenidia owstoni), a species endemic to Guam, is currently considered Extinct in the Wild due to the introduction of the invasive brown treesnake, Boiga irregularis. Prior to extinction in the wild, 22 individuals were brought into captivity … Continue reading

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Dupont’s Lark (Chersophilus duponti): Request for information from North Africa

This topic was originally written by Jose Rafael Garrido Lopez, but has received some slight edits to fit with the format and style of the forums site.   BirdLife species factsheet for Dupont’s Lark: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/duponts-lark-chersophilus-duponti   Traditionally two subspecies of … Continue reading

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Black-fronted Francolin (Pternistis atrifrons): revise global status?

Black-fronted Francolin (Pternistis atrifrons) was recently split from P. castaneicollis (del Hoyo and Collar 2014) and is currently listed as Least Concern (BirdLife International 2017). P. atrifrons has only been reported from southern Ethiopia, around the town of Mega, and … Continue reading

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Aldabra Fody (Foudia aldabrana): revise global status?

Aldabra Fody (Foudia aldabrana) was recently split from F. eminentissima (see forum topic regarding this split here). Endemic to scrub, Casuarina woodland and coconut groves on Aldabra (Craig 2016), this species was assessed when split in 2016 as Near Threatened under … Continue reading

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Williams’s Lark (Mirafra williamsi): revise global status?

Williams’s Lark (Mirafra williamsi) is endemic to Kenya, occurring in two separate areas; north of Marsabit, and between Isiolo and Garba Tula (Keith et al. 1992). It inhabits only rocky desert areas with short grass or low shrubs (see Ryan … Continue reading

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White-eyed Gull (Larus leucophthalmus): revise global status?

White-eyed Gull (Larus leucophthalmus) breeds on inshore islands and islets of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, while in the non-breeding season some individuals may wander throughout the breeding range. PERSGA/GEF (2003) estimated there to be 12,000-13,000 pairs (excluding … Continue reading

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Indian Grass-babbler (Graminicola bengalensis): revise global status?

Indian Grass-babbler (Graminicola bengalensis) is found in wet grasslands and swamp habitats of Nepal and northern India. It also occurs in Bangladesh, but it appears to have mostly disappeared from its former range in this country (Collar and Robson 2007). … Continue reading

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Long-legged Thicketbird (Megalurulus rufus): revise global status?

Endemic to Fiji, the Long-legged Thicketbird (Megalurulus rufus) has only been recorded from the islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. Historically, the species was only known from one specimen on Vanua Levu, and four old specimens and a handful … Continue reading

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Raiatea Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus chrysogaster): request for information.

Raiatea Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus chrysogaster) is found only in the Leeward Islands (Society Islands), French Polynesia, where it is restricted to the islands of Raiatea, Tahaa, Huahine, Bora Bora and Maupiti. The species is poorly known, but on Raiatea at least … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: The taxonomic status of Liberian Greenbul (Phyllastrephus leucolepis)

There has been a reassessment of the taxonomic status of Icterine Greenbul (Phyllastrephus icterinus) and Liberian Greenbul (Phyllastrephus leucolepis). Phyllastrephus icterinus (HBW and BirdLife International 2017) was previously split as Icterine Greenbul P. icterinus and Liberian Greenbul P. leucolepis (del Hoyo and … Continue reading

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Re-assessment of Species against Criterion B1: Red List Implications of the use of Minimum Convex Polygons

This discussion was first published as part of the 2017 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding the status of several was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of these species as part of the 2018 Red List … Continue reading

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Species to be potentially uplisted after a reassessment of species against criterion B2, following Tracewski et al. (2016)

This discussion was first published as part of the 2017 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding the status of several was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of these species as part of the 2018 Red List … Continue reading

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Proposed Status Changes of Forest-dependent Species

This discussion was first published as part of the 2017 Red List update. Further species reassessment will form part of the 2018 Red List update and so this post remains open and the date of posting has been updated. Background … Continue reading

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Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus): uplist to Near Threatened or Vulnerable?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2017 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding the status of several was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of these species as part of the 2018 Red List … Continue reading

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Finn’s Weaver (Ploceus megarhynchus): revise global threat status?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2017 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 … Continue reading

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Luzon Water-redstart (Phoenicurus bicolor): uplist to Endangered?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2017 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding the status of several was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of these species as part of the 2018 Red List … Continue reading

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Sichuan Treecreeper (Certhia tianquanensis): downlist from Near Threatened to Least Concern?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2017 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding the status of several was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of these species as part of the 2018 Red List … Continue reading

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Celestial Monarch (Hypothymis coelestis): request for information

This discussion was first published as part of the 2017 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding the status of several was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of these species as part of the 2018 Red List … Continue reading

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Nicobar Scops-owl (Otus alius): sufficient information for listing?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2017 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding the status of several was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of these species as part of the 2018 Red List … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Philippa’s Crombec (Sylvietta philippae): list as Least Concern?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2017 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding the status of several was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of these species as part of the 2018 Red List … Continue reading

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Helmet Vanga (Euryceros prevostii): 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 … Continue reading

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Bernier’s Vanga (Oriolia bernieri): 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 … Continue reading

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Northern Ground-hornbill (Bucorvus abyssinicus): request for information.

This discussion was first published as part of the 2017 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding the status of several was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of these species as part of the 2018 Red List … Continue reading

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Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita): downlist from Critically Endangered to Endangered?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2017 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding the status of several was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of these species as part of the 2018 Red List … Continue reading

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Blue Crane (Anthropoides paradiseus): downlist to Near Threatened?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2017 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding the status of several was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of these species as part of the 2018 Red List … Continue reading

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Golden-cheeked Warbler (Setophaga chrysoparia): potential revision of Red List status

This discussion was first published as part of the 2017 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding the status of several was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of these species as part of the 2018 Red List … Continue reading

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Black Rosy-finch (Leucosticte atrata): uplist to Vulnerable or Endangered?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2017 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding the status of several was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of these species as part of the 2018 Red List … Continue reading

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Red-fronted Macaw (Ara rubrogenys): uplist from Endangered to Critically Endangered?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2017 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding the status of several was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of these species as part of the 2018 Red List … Continue reading

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Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus): downlist to Least Concern?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2017 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding the status of several was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of these species as part of the 2018 Red List … Continue reading

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Lesser Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus): downlist from Vulnerable to Near Threatened?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2017 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding the status of several was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of these species as part of the 2018 Red List … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Yellow-breasted Bunting (Emberiza aureola): urgent request for information.

The Yellow-breasted Bunting, Emberiza aureola, is currently listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List on the basis that the species is undergoing a rapid decline in population size. Formerly one of the most common breeding passerines of the northern … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus): uplist from Least Concern to Vulnerable?

Snowy Owl, Bubo scandiacus, is currently listed as Least Concern as it has not been thought to approach the threshold for listing as Vulnerable under any criterion. It has a very large range spanning across predominantly Arctic regions in the … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Yellow-naped Amazon (Amazona auropalliata): request for information.

Yellow-naped Amazon, Amazona auropalliata, occurs on the Pacific slope of southern Mexico through to northern Costa Rica, as well as in north-east Nicaragua into north-east Honduras, and the Bay Islands of Honduras (Juniper and Parr 1988, see Taylor 2013). It … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Black-browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophris): downlist to Least Concern?

Black-browed Albatross, Thalassarche melanophris, ranges from subtropical to polar waters in the southern hemisphere (ACAP 2009). It breeds on islands throughout its circumpolar distribution, with breeding occurring on the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), multiple islands to Chile, South Georgia (Georgias … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Northern Cassowary (Casuarius unappendiculatus): downlist to Near Threatened/Least Concern?

BirdLife Species factsheet for Northern Cassowary: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/northern-cassowary-casuarius-unappendiculatus Northern Cassoway, Casuarius unappendiculatus, is found only in the lowlands of northern New Guinea, in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, inhabiting forest and swamps (Coates 1985. Beehler et al. 1986). Its habitat is slowly declining … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Polynesian Imperial-pigeon (Ducula aurorae): downlist to Vulnerable?

BirdLife Species factsheet for Polynesian Imperial-pigeon: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/polynesian-imperial-pigeon-ducula-aurorae   Polynesian Imperial-pigeon, Ducula aurorae, is currently listed as Endangered under criterion D on the basis that it has been estimated to have a very small population, and probably only occurs on only … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: New Guinea Flightless Rail (Megacrex inepta): downlist to Least Concern?

BirdLife Species factsheet for New Guinea Flightless Rail: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/new-guinea-flightless-rail-megacrex-inepta   New Guinea Flightless Rail is endemic to the island of New Guinea occurring in lowland and swamp forest, mangroves, and wet thickets in both Papua New Guinea and West Papua, … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Coxen’s Fig-parrot (Cyclopsitta coxeni): downlist to Endangered?

Coxen’s Fig-parrot, C. coxeni, was recently split from Double-eyed Fig-parrot, C. diophthalma and listed as Critically Endangered under criterion C2a(i) on the basis that it likely has a very small population, and there is a chance that it may be … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius): downlist to Least Concern?

Southern Cassowary, Casuarius casuarius, has a wide distribution, occurring in New Guinea (both in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea) and north-eastern Australia. It inhabits predominantly rainforest, but may also occasionally be seen in adjacent habitats such as fruit plantations, savannah … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Cape Gannet (Morus capensis): uplist to Endangered?

Cape Gannet Morus capensis is a breeding endemic species of coastal southern Africa, breeding on 6 islands in total. These sites are evenly split between South Africa (Bird [Algoa Bay], Malgas and Bird [Lambert’s Bay] Islands) and Namibia (Ichaboae, Mercury … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala): request for information.

White-headed Duck, Oxyura leucocephala, has a very patchy distribution across Eurasia and into northern Africa. There is a small resident population in Spain, and northern Africa, but the majority of the population is migratory and is found further east, in … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Wallace’s Owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles wallacii): list as Least Concern?

BirdLife Species factsheet for Wallace’s Owlet-nightjar: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/wallaces-owlet-nightjar-aegotheles-wallacii Wallace’s Owlet-nightjar, Aeotheles wallacii, is currently listed as Data Deficient. It is known from New Guinea (Indonesia and Papua New Guinea), and has been recorded from the Aru Islands. On New Guinea it … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Italian Sparrow (Passer italiae): uplist to Vulnerable?

Italian Sparrow, Passer italiae, is a recently split species that is currently listed as Least Concern as it was not thought to approach the threshold for Vulnerable under any criterion. This species has a moderately large range, occurring throughout Italy, … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Green Warbler-finch (Certhidea olivacea): uplist to Vulnerable?

Green Warbler-finch, Certhidea olivacea, is a recently-split species endemic to the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador, and is found only on the islands of Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, Santiago, Baltra, Pinzón and Rábida (del Hoyo and Collar 2016) (Extent of Occurrence measured … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Sierra Leone Prinia (Schistolais leontica): request for information.

BirdLife species factsheet for Sierra Leone Prinia: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/sierra-leone-prinia-schistolais-leontica   Sierra Leone Prinia, Schistolais leontica (formerly White-eyed Prinia, Prinia leontica) is currently listed as Vulnerable under criteria B1ab(i,ii,iii,v); C2a(i) on the basis that it has a small and localised distribution which … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Westland Petrel (Procellaria westlandica): request for information.

Westland Petrel, Procellaria westlandica, is known only to breed in the densely forested coastal foothills of Punakaiki, South Island, New Zealand (Best and Owen 1976, ACAP 2012). The most recent estimate of population size is 2,954-5,137 annual breeding pairs (Wood … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Papuan Boobook (Uroglaux dimorpha): list as Least Concern?

BirdLife Species factsheet for Papuan Boobook: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/papuan-boobook-uroglaux-dimorpha   The Papuan Boobook is widely but sparsely distributed across New Guinea (Indonesia and Papua New Guinea) and some offshore islands. It is generally found in lowland forest, although it may also occur … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Forest Owlet (Heteroglaux blewetti): downlist from Critically Endangered to Endangered?

Forest Owlet, Heteroglaux blewetti, is currently considered Critically Endangered under criterion C2a(i) on the basis that it has a very small population which is likely declining as a result of habitat loss, and consists of multiple very small subpopulations (BirdLife … Continue reading

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