Category Archives: Asia

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Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Red-crowned Crane This discussion was first published as part of the 2020 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding its status was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of this species as part of … Continue reading

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Moluccan Woodcock (Scolopax rochussenii): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Moluccan Woodcock This discussion was first published as part of the 2020 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding its status was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of this species as part of … Continue reading

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Archived 2020 topic: Great Argus (Argusianus argus): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Great Argus Great Argus (Argusianus argus) occurs in the Sundaic lowlands from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to the islands of Sumatra and Borneo. It inhabits tall primary, secondary and logged forests, preferring intact, undisturbed forest with large … Continue reading

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Archived 2020 topic: Bornean Crested Fireback (Lophura ignita): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Bornean Crested Fireback Bornean Crested Fireback (Lophura ignita) occurs on Borneo and on Bangka Island off southeastern Sumatra. It is a lowland forest specialist, which is found at elevations of up to 1,000 m (Madge and … Continue reading

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Archived 2020 topic: Malay Crested Fireback (Lophura rufa): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Malay Crested Fireback Malay Crested Fireback (Lophura rufa) occurs in the Thai-Malay Peninsular and on Sumatra. It is a lowland forest specialist, rarely occurring up to 1,000 m. The species has been recorded in logged forest … Continue reading

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Archived 2020 topic: Black-necked Crane (Grus nigricollis): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Black-necked Crane Black-necked Crane (Grus nigricollis) breeds on the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau (China), with a small population in adjacent Ladakh in India (Li 2019). Three isolated wintering populations have been identified at lower altitudes in China and … Continue reading

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Archived 2020 topic: Asian Woollyneck (Ciconia episcopus): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Asian Woollyneck The Asian Woollyneck is a species of stork that occurs across South Asia and South-East Asia. Its range extends through India (extending to parts of East Pakistan), Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka, down … Continue reading

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Archived 2020 topic: Japanese Night-heron (Gorsachius goisagi): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Japanese Night-heron Japanese Night-heron has a breeding range that extends throughout Japan, including the islands of Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku (Fujimaki, 2012). It is also a rare vagrant in Hokkaido but lacks any breeding records here. … Continue reading

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Archived 2020 topic: Indian Skimmer (Rynchops albicollis): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Indian Skimmer Indian Skimmer occurs in the major river systems of Pakistan, northern India and Bangladesh. Formerly it was also common in Myanmar and along the Mekong in south-east Asia, but is now very rare in … Continue reading

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Archived 2020 topic: River Tern (Sterna aurantia): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for River Tern River Tern (Sterna aurantia) breeds on sandbars and islands along large rivers and reservoirs across south and south-east Asia. The global population is estimated at 50,000-100,000 individuals (Wetlands International 2012), which roughly equates to … Continue reading

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Archived 2020 topic: Wallace’s Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus nanus): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Wallace’s Hawk-eagle Wallace’s Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus nanus) occurs from southern Myanmar through peninsular Thailand and Malaysia to the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. It is found in evergreen forests in the lowlands and occasionally on lower hill-slopes … Continue reading

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Archived 2020 topic: White-bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster): Revise global status?

BirdLife International factsheet for White-bellied Sea-eagle White-bellied Sea-eagle is a Pacific raptor, with a range that stretches from western India through Indonesia to Australia (BirdLife International, 2020). The global population is estimated to be 1,000 – 10,000 individuals (Ferguson-Lees and … Continue reading

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Archived 2020 topic: Tickell’s Brown Hornbill (Anorrhinus tickelli): request for information

This discussion was first published as part of the 2018 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 2020 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Archived 2020 topic: Malabar Grey Hornbill (Ocyceros griseus): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Malabar Grey Hornbill Malabar Grey Hornbill is endemic to the Western Ghats of India. It inhabits wet evergreen and moist forests (Balasubramanian et al. 2004, Mudappa and Raman 2009), but may also be found in gardens … Continue reading

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Archived 2020 topic: Sumba Hornbill (Rhyticeros everetti): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Sumba Hornbill Sumba Hornbill (Rhyticeros everetti) is endemic to the island of Sumba in Indonesia. It inhabits low-altitude semi-evergreen forest containing large trees with a dense canopy, but is occasionally also found at forest edges, in … Continue reading

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Archived 2020 topic: Narcondam Hornbill (Rhyticeros narcondami): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Narcondam Hornbill Restricted to the single, small island of Narcondam, which lies in the Andaman Sea 127 km east of North Andaman Island, this hornbill will always be at the risk of stochastic events. Currently it … Continue reading

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Archived 2020 topic: Scarlet-breasted Lorikeet (Trichoglossus forsteni): request for information

BirdLife species factsheet for Scarlet-breasted Lorikeet Scarlet-breasted Lorikeet (Trichoglossus forsteni; including subspecies mitchelli, djampeanus and stresemanni) occurs only across the Sundaic Islands of Indonesia; including Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa, Tanahjampea and Kalaotoa (BirdLife International, 2020). More recent findings however suggest the … Continue reading

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Archived 2020 topic: Blue-backed Parrot (Tanygnathus sumatranus) is being split: assessment of newly recognised taxa.

BirdLife International factsheet for Blue-backed Parrot. Following a taxonomic reassessment, Blue-backed Parrot (Tanygnathus sumatranus) has been split into Azure-rumped Parrot (T. sumatranus) and Blue-backed Parrot (T. everetti) (see Arndt et al., 2019). The newly-split Blue-backed Parrot is found in the … Continue reading

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Archived 2020 topic: Javan Oriole (Oriolus cruentus): request for information

BirdLife species factsheet for Javan Oriole Javan Oriole (Oriolus cruentus) is endemic to the island of Java in Indonesia. It inhabits evergreen and moss forest as well as forest edge at elevations of 1,200-1,800 m (Walther et al. 2020). Javan … Continue reading

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Archived 2020 topic: Kai Cicadabird (Edolisoma dispar): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Kai Cicadabird Kai Cicadabird (Edolisoma dispar) is endemic to Indonesia, where it occurs on several islands in the Banda Sea Islands Endemic Bird Area. It inhabits forest, forest edge and secondary woodland, up to 1,400 m. … Continue reading

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Archived 2020 topic: Grey-cheeked Bulbul (Alophoixus tephrogenys): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Grey-cheeked Bulbul The Grey-cheeked Bulbul (Alophoixus tephrogenys) is a songbird species resident throughout the Sundaland region of Southeast Asia; including Brunei, both Peninsular and Borneo’s East Malaysia, central to eastern Sumatra (Indonesia), and southern parts of … Continue reading

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Archived 2020 topic: Brown-cheeked Bulbul (Alophoixus bres): Revise global status?

BirdLife International factsheet for Brown-cheeked Bulbul. The Brown-cheeked Bulbul (Alophoixus bres) is endemic to the Indonesian islands of Java and Bali, where it inhabits moist lowland and montane forests (BirdLife International, 2020). Alophoixus bres was taxonomically split in 2016 (BirdLife … Continue reading

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Archived 2020 topic: Aceh Bulbul (Pycnonotus snouckaerti): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Aceh Bulbul The Aceh Bulbul is a treeline songbird that has become increasingly rare in the Aceh region of north-western Sumatra, Indonesia (del Hoyo et al., 2020; F. Rheindt in litt., 2020). Whilst previously the species … Continue reading

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Archived 2020 topic: Naga Wren-babbler (Spelaeornis chocolatinus): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Naga Wren-babbler This discussion was first published as part of the 2019 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding the status of this species was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of this species … Continue reading

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Archived 2020 topic: Metallic Starling (Aplonis metallica) is being split: assessment of the newly recognised taxa.

BirdLife International factsheet for Metallic Starling. Following a taxonomic reassessment, Metallic Starling (Aplonis metallica) has been split into Metallic Starling (A. metallica), and Purple-chinned Starling (A. circumscripta) (see Collar, 2018). The newly split Metallic Starling has a range extending from … Continue reading

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Archived 2020 topic: Chestnut-capped Thrush (Geokichla interpres): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Chestnut-capped Thrush The Chestnut-capped Thrush is a songbird species resident throughout the Sundaland region of Southeast Asia; including both Peninsular and Borneo’s East Malaysia, Brunei, and across Indonesia (including parts of Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan and the … Continue reading

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Archived 2020 topic: 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 its status was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of this species as part of the 2020 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Archived 2020 topic: Spectacled Flowerpecker (Dicaeum dayakorum): Request for Information

Spectacled Flowerpecker (Dicaeum dayakorum) is a recently described species on the island of Borneo (Saucier et al., 2019). It has been observed in primary lowland forests, and is believed to be a mistletoe specialist. It is suspected to be absent … Continue reading

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Archived 2020 topic: Grey-hooded Sunbird (Aethopyga primigenia): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Grey-hooded Sunbird Grey-hooded Sunbird (Aethopyga primigenia) is endemic to Mindanao, Philippines. It occurs in forest and on forest edges at altitudes of 1,000-1,700 m (Mohagan et al. 2015). The species is described as common. Assuming that … Continue reading

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Archived 2020 topic: Apo Sunbird (Aethopyga boltoni): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Apo Sunbird Apo Sunbird (Aethopyga boltoni) is endemic to Mindanao, Philippines. It occurs in mossy forests above 1,500 m, where it is found near flowering trees shrubs. The species is described as fairly common (Cheke et … Continue reading

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Archived 2020 topic: Red-eared Parrotfinch (Erythrura coloria): revise global status?

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 … Continue reading

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Archived: Suggestions for new topics

To suggest discussion of a species not listed in the forum, send a reply to this discussion. A moderator will assess the suitability of the topic and create a new topic if appropriate. Continue reading

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Archived 2019 topic: Species to be potentially uplisted after a reassessment of species against criterion A, following Tracewski et al. (2016)

This discussion was first published as part of the 2018 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 2019 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Archived 2019 topic: A re-evaluation of the species limits in Asian white-eyes Zosterops: implications and an appeal for information to assess the status of the newly-recognised Sangkar White-eye Z. melanurus

The complex of white-eyes that are currently recognised as the species Mountain White-eye Zosterops montanus, Japanese White-eye Z. japonicus, Oriental White-eye Z. palpebrosus, Enggano White-eye Z. salvadorii and Everett’s White-eye Z. everetti (del Hoyo et al. 2016) have been comprehensively … Continue reading

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Archived 2019 topic: Brown-cheeked Bulbul (Alophoixus bres): request for information

Brown-cheeked Bulbul Alophoixus bres (BirdLife International species factsheet) was split from Grey-cheeked Bulbul A. tephronogenys in 2016. The species is restricted to Java and Bali, Indonesia, and inhabits primary and secondary lowland forest. A recent analysis assigned the species a … Continue reading

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Archived 2019 topic: The newly described taxon Rote Leaf-warbler (Phylloscopus rotiensis) is to be recognized as a species by BirdLife International.

Rote Leaf-warbler (Phylloscopus rotiensis) has been discovered in 2004 on the Tapuafu Peninsula in the northwest of Rote Island in the Lesser Sundas, Indonesia. Based on genetic and morphological analysis of a specimen taken in 2015, the species was described … Continue reading

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Archived 2019 topic: Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus) is being split: assessment of newly recognised taxa.

BirdLife species factsheet for Eclectus Parrot Following a taxonomic reassessment investigating the findings of Braun et al. (2016), Eclectus Parrot is being split into four species; Moluccan Eclectus Eclectus roratus, Papuan Eclectus E. polychloros, Sumba Eclectus E. cornelia and Tanimbar … Continue reading

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Archived 2019 topic: Vietnamese Cutia (Cutia legalleni): request for information.

BirdLife species factsheet for Vietnamese Cutia: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/vietnamese-cutia-cutia-legalleni Vietnamese Cutia (Cutia legalleni) is only known to occur in Laos and Vietnam. The nominate subspecies only occurs on the Da Lat Plateau, southern Vietnam; while subspecies hoae occurs on the Kon Tum … Continue reading

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Archived 2019 topic: Bicol Ground-warbler (Robsonius sorsogonensis): request for information.

BirdLife species factsheet for Bicol Ground-warbler: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/bicol-ground-warbler-robsonius-sorsogonensis Bicol Ground-warbler (Robsonius sorsogonensis) occurs in central and southern Luzon and Catanduanes Island, Philippines, although it is known from more than 10 locations now (P. Hosner in litt. 2012). It appears to inhabit … Continue reading

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Archived 2019 topic: Flores Hanging-parrot (Loriculus flosculus): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Flores Hanging-parrot     Flores Hanging-parrot (Loriculus flosculus) is endemic to Flores and satellite islands in Indonesia. It occupies a narrow altitudinal band between 800 and 1200 m, but has occasionally been recorded down to 450 m … Continue reading

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Archived 2019 topic: Blue-eared Lory (Eos semilarvata): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Blue-eared Lory: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/blue-eared-lory-eos-semilarvata Blue-eared Lory (Eos semilarvata) is endemic to the island of Seram, Indonesia. It occurs in montane forest on the island, above 1,350m, although it will occasionally range down to 800m (see Reeve et … Continue reading

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Archived 2019 topic: Macgregor’s Honeyeater (Macgregoria pulchra): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Macgregor’s Honeyeater: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/macgregors-honeyeater-macgregoria-pulchra Macgregor’s Honeyeater (Macgregoria pulchra) occurs in subalpine forest dominated by its main food-plant, Dacrycarpus compactus,in the highlands of New Guinea. Small, disjunct populations occur in the Oranje, Snow and Star Mountains of Papua, … Continue reading

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Archived 2019 topic: Pale-bellied Myna (Acridotheres cinereus): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Pale-bellied Myna The native range of Pale-bellied Myna (Acridotheres cinereus) is restricted to South Sulawesi, north to Rantepao (Coates and Bishop 1997, del Hoyo and Collar 2016). There are also small, but apparently increasing, populations in … Continue reading

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Archived 2019 topic: Tristram’s Storm-petrel (Hydrobates tristrami): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Tristram’s Storm-petrel Tristram’s Storm-petrel (Hydrobates tristrami) breeds in the Hawaiian archipelago, on several islets of the Bonin and Izu islands off Japan, and possibly on Midway, Lisianski and Kure in Micronesia (Rauzon et al. 1985, Harrison … Continue reading

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Archived 2019 topic: Tanimbar Scrubfowl (Megapodius tenimberensis): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Tanimbar Scrubfowl Tanimbar Scrubfowl (Megapodius tenimberensis) is endemic to Indonesia, where it is restricted to Yamdena Island (Coates and Bishop 1997). The global population is estimated at 1,000-10,000 individuals (del Hoyo et al. 1994), which roughly … Continue reading

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Archived 2019 topic: Reclassification of species listed as CR, CR (PE), EW and EX following Butchart et al. (2018)

A set of papers published in 2017 (Akcakaya et al. 2017, Keith et al. 2017, Thompson et al. 2017) laid out methods for quantitatively estimating a species’s probability of extinction based on parameters associated with threats, in addition to records … Continue reading

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Archived 2019 topic: Spectacled Eider (Somateria fischeri): request for information.

This discussion was first published as part of the 2018 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding its status was made to uplist the species to Near Threatened, but to enable potential further reassessment of this species as … Continue reading

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Archived 2019 topic: 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 was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of the species as part of the 2019 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Archived 2019 topic: Gurney’s Pitta (Hydrornis gurneyi): revise global status?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2018 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 2019 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Archived 2019 topic: Black-headed Parrotbill (Psittiparus margaritae): revise global status?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2018 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 2019 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Archived 2019 topic: Red List Implications of the Asian Songbird Trade

This discussion was first published as part of the 2018 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding the status of several species was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of these species as part of the 2019 Red … Continue reading

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Archived 2018 topic: 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 2019 Red List update and so this post remains open and the date of posting has been updated. Background … Continue reading

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Archived 2018 topic: 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 species was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of these species as part of the 2019 Red … Continue reading

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Archived 2018 topic: Further analyses of data from Tracewski et al., with respect to criterion B2

This discussion was first published as part of the 2018 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding the status of several species was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of these species as part of the 2019 Red … Continue reading

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Archived 2018 topic: 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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Archived 2018 topic: 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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Archived 2018 topic: Crested Argus (Rheinardia ocellata): revise global status?

Crested Argus has two subspecies with range as follows (McGowan and Kirwan 2018): R. o. ocellata – Annamite mountain chain in central and southern Vietnam (south to the Da Lat Plateau) and neighbouring eastern Laos. R. o. nigrescens – mountains … Continue reading

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Archived 2018 topic: 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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Archived 2018 topic: Coral-billed Ground-cuckoo (Carpococcyx renauldi): revise global status?

Coral-billed Ground-cuckoo is restricted to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, where it inhabits lowland forest, scrub and second growth, to 900 m and exceptionally 1,500 m (Payne and de Juana 2018). It is currently classified as Least Concern on the … Continue reading

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Archived 2018 topic: Green Peafowl (Pavo muticus) – revise global status?

Green Peafowl has three recognised subspecies with the current range thought to be as follows: P. m. spicifer occurs from NE India (SE Assam) and SE Bangladesh E to NW Myanmar (possibly extinct). P. m. imperator is patchily distributed in … Continue reading

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Archived 2018 topic: Moustached Warbler (Acrocephalus melanopogon): request for information.

BirdLife species factsheet for Moustached Warbler Moustached Warbler (Acrocephalus melanopogon) has a large range, breeding across southern Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia, from Spain east to Kazakhstan. Some populations are migratory, wintering in North Africa, the Mediterranean, the … Continue reading

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Archived 2018 topic: 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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Archived 2018 topic: 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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Archived 2018 topic: 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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Archived 2018 topic: 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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Archived 2018 topic: Collared Crow (Corvus pectoralis): revise global status?

Collared Crow (BirdLife Species factsheet) is currently listed as Near Threatened, on the basis that it is  suspected to be undergoing a  moderately rapid population reduction that may approach the thresholds for listing as Vulnerable (30-49% decline over a three … Continue reading

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Archived 2018 topic: 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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Archived 2018 topic: 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 the species as part of the 2018 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Archived 2018 topic: Mindanao Miniature-babbler (Micomacronus sordidus): list as Least Concern?

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 the species as part of the 2018 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Archived 2018 topic: 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 its status was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of the species as part of the 2018 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Archived 2018 topic: 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 its status was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of the species as part of the 2018 Red List update this … 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: 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: 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: Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor): downlist to VU?

Black-faced Spoonbill is currently listed as Endangered under Criterion C2a(ii), on the basis that there is an on-going decline and the global population size is below 2,500 mature individuals. An apparent increase has been reported for the population over the … 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: Large-billed Reed-warbler (Acrocephalus orinus): list as Least Concern?

This enigmatic reed-warbler (BirdLife Species Factsheet) has confused many since the initial specimen was collected in 1867 in Himachal Pradesh. To date it has been considered that there is too little information to conduct a robust assessment of the threat … 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: 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: Moluccan Cuckoo (Cacomantis aeruginosus): downlist to Least Concern?

BirdLife Species Factsheet for Moluccan Cuckoo: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/moluccan-cuckoo-cacomantis-aeruginosus Following the taxonomic changes arising from the HBW, BirdLife International Illustrated Handbook of the Birds of the World, Volume 1, Cacomantis heinrichi was lumped with C. aeruginosus whereas previously it had been considered … 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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Archived 2017 topics: Romblon Boobook (Ninox spilonotus): request for information.

BirdLife Species factsheet for Romblon Boobook: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/romblon-boobook-ninox-spilonotus   Romblon Boobook, Ninox spilonotus, is a recently-split hawk-owl endemic to the Philippines. It is found in primary and taller secondary forest on the islands of Tablas and Sibuyan, with unconfirmed reports of … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Mayr’s Forest-rail (Rallicula mayri): list as Least Concern?

BirdLife Species factsheet for Mayr’s Forest-rail: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/mayrs-forest-rail-rallicula-mayri   Mayr’s Forest-rail, Rallicula mayri, is currently listed as Data Deficient. This species was formerly known from specimens from montane forest in the north of New Guinea (Cyclops, Bewani, and Torricelli) in both … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush (Garrulax mitratus): uplist to Near Threatened?

Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush (Garrulax mitratus) is currently considered Least Concern, as it has not been thought to approach any of the thresholds for listing as Vulnerable; the Extent of Occurrence is considerably in excess of 20,000 km2, and while the global … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Obscure Berrypecker (Melanocharis arfakiana): list as Least Concern?

BirdLife Species factsheet for Obscure Berrypecker: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/obscure-berrypecker-melanocharis-arfakiana   Obscure Berrypecker, Melanocharis arfakiana, is endemic to the island of New Guinea (Papua New Guinea and Indonesia) and is currently listed as Data Deficient (see BirdLife International 2017). Historically, it was known … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus): downlist to Near Threatened?

Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus breeds predominantly in south-east Europe and central Asia, with breeding taking place in at least 12 countries (see Catsadorakis and Portolou 2017). During the non-breeding season, individuals in western populations migrate to the Mediterranean; individuals from … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Pallas’s Fish-eagle (Haliaeetus leucoryphus): uplist to Endangered?

Pallas’s Fish-eagle (BirdLife International factsheet) is currently listed as Vulnerable on the basis that it has a small, declining population as a result of the widespread loss, degradation and disturbance of wetlands and breeding sites throughout its range. Concern has … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Firethroat (Calliope pectardens): request for information.

Firethroat, Calliope pectardens, is a relatively poorly-known species, with reports during the breeding season from Sichuan, Yunnan and Tibet, China, and Arunchal Pradesh, India (Alström et al. 2013). In the non-breeding season the species may venture further into India, Bangladesh, … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: A review of the status of endemic/near-endemic birds of the Andaman Islands currently listed as Near Threatened

Background to this topic The Andaman Islands are a group of islands in the Bay of Bengal in the Indian Ocean. The main vegetation type on the islands is tropical evergreen forest, with some grasslands in inland regions and mangroves … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Blue-black Kingfisher (Todiramphus nigrocyaneus): list as Near Threatened?

Blue-black Kingfisher Todiramphus nigrocyaneus is a little-known species of kingfisher with few scattered records from streams, swamps and ponds in forest to 600 m on New Guinea and some adjacent islands such as Salawati, Batanta and Yapen (Coates 1985, Beehler … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Pesquet’s Parrot (Psittrichas fulgidus): downlist to Near Threatened or Least Concern?

BirdLife Species factsheet for Pesquet’s Parrot: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/pesquets-parrot-psittrichas-fulgidus   Pesquet’s Parrot, Psittrichas fulgidus, is an apparently rare and declining species found patchily across New Guinea. It is restricted to lower montane and hill forest (Mack and Wright 1998, B. Beehler in … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca): downlist to Least Concern?

BirdLife species factsheet for Ferruginous Duck The global population size and trend of Ferruginous Duck has been difficult to establish with confidence due to an apparent tendency to shift its breeding distribution in response to interannual fluctuations in water levels … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Black Sicklebill (Epimachus fastosus): downlist to Least Concern?

The Black Sicklebill (Epimachus fastosus) is endemic to the island of New Guinea, where it is patchily distributed in the Vogelkop peninsula in the Indonesian part of the island and through the Central Ranges of the island into Papua New … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Great Bustard (Otis tarda): downlist to Near Threatened?

Great Bustard, Otis tarda, is currently listed as Vulnerable under criteria A2cd+3cd+4cd (see BirdLife International 2017) as it is undergoing rapid population declines. It has a wide, but fragmented distribution across Eurasia, with a small, declining population present in Morocco. … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Relict Gull (Larus relictus): downlist to Near Threatened?

Relict Gull, Larus relictus, is a migratory gull, breeding at localities in Kazakhstan, Russia, Mongolia and China (e.g. Rubini and Berezovikov 2002, He Fen-qi and Ren Yong-qui 2006). Breeding sites are found in the arid-steppe zone on islands in saline … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Pterocles orientalis) – request for information from Central Asia

This discussion was first published as part of the 2015 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 … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) – downlist from Near Threatened to Least Concern?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2015 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 … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: 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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