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Maroon-tailed Parakeet (Pyrrhura melanura) is being split: assessment of newly recognised taxa.

BirdLife species factsheet for Maroon-tailed Parakeet Following a taxonomic reassessment, Maroon-tailed Parakeet (Pyrrhura melanura) has been split into Maroon-tailed Parakeet (P. melanura) and Upper Magdalena Parakeet (P. chapmani). The newly defined Upper Magdalena Parakeet occurs in the Upper Magdalena Valley … Continue reading

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The newly described taxon Tatamá Tapaculo (Scytalopus alvarezlopezi) is to be recognized as a species by BirdLife International

Tatamá Tapaculo (Scytalopus alvarezlopezi) was discovered in 1992 on the Pacific slope of the Western Andes of Colombia. Based on the vocalisation and on genetic and morphological analysis of two specimens taken in 1992 and 2015, the species was described … Continue reading

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Ringed Storm-petrel (Hydrobates hornbyi): request for information.

BirdLife species factsheet for Ringed Storm-petrel The Ringed Storm-petrel (Hydrobates hornbyi) has been observed in thousands in the eastern Pacific Ocean, from 0°S to 35°S along the coast of Ecuador, Peru and Chile (Spear and Ainley 2007, Onley and Scofield … Continue reading

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Markham’s Storm-petrel (Hydrobates markhami): request for information.

BirdLife species factsheet for Markham’s Storm-petrel Markham’s Storm-petrel (Hydrobates markhami) occurs in the tropical zone of the eastern Pacific Ocean. Between July and September, it is found over warm, equatorial waters, while between January and July it moves to cooler … Continue reading

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The newly described taxon Cordillera Azul Antbird (Myrmoderus eowilsoni) is to be recognized as a species by BirdLife International

Cordillera Azul Antbird (Myrmoderus eowilsoni) has been discovered in 2016 near Flor de Café in the western Cordillera Azul of the Peruvian Andes. Based on its vocalisation and on genetic and morphological analysis, the species was described as a new … Continue reading

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The newly described taxon Painted Manakin (Machaeropterus eckelberryi) is to be recognized as a species by BirdLife International.

Painted Manakin (Machaeropterus eckelberryi) was discovered in 1996 in the Cordillera Azul of the Peruvian Andes. Based on its vocalisation and on genetic and morphological analysis, the species was described as a new taxon in 2017 (Lane et al. 2017). … Continue reading

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Azure-rumped Tanager (Tangara cabanisi): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Azure-rumped Tanager: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/azure-rumped-tanager-tangara-cabanisi Azure-rumped Tanager (Tangara cabanisi) occurs in the Sierra Madre de Chiapas of southern Mexico, and in south-western Guatemala (Heath and Long 1991, Collar et al. 1992, Eisermann et al. 2011). It is suggested to have a … Continue reading

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Multicolored Tanager (Chlorochrysa nitidissima): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Multicolored Tanager Multicolored Tanager (Chlorochrysa nitidissima) occurs in the western and north-central Andes of Colombia. It ranges from 1,300 to 2,200 m, exceptionally as low as 1,140 m in the north-central Andes and 900 m in … Continue reading

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Choco Vireo (Vireo masteri): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Choco Vireo Choco Vireo (Vireo masteri) occurs in the Chocó region on the Pacific slope of the West Andes of Colombia and north-western Ecuador and is known from only four disjunct sites (Brewer 2018). Although it … Continue reading

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Foothill Elaenia (Myiopagis olallai): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Foothill Elaenia The recently discovered Foothill Elaenia (Myiopagis olallai) occurs in a severely fragmented range in the northern Andes. The species is restricted to a few, disjunct localities of occurrence in the Central Cordillera in Colombia, … Continue reading

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Slaty Becard (Pachyramphus spodiurus): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Slaty Becard Slaty Becard (Pachyramphus spodiurus) occurs in the Tumbesian and Chocó regions of western Ecuador and north-western Peru. It occurs mostly below 750 m, but locally ranges as high as 1,100 m. It inhabits lowland … Continue reading

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Yellow-shouldered Amazon (Amazona barbadensis): request for information.

BirdLife species factsheet for Yellow-shouldered Amazon Yellow-shouldered Amazon is found in two isolated populations in northern coastal Venezuela (one in the north-west near Coro and one in the north-east near Puerto la Cruz), as well as on the islands of … Continue reading

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Black-breasted Puffleg (Eriocnemis nigrivestis): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Black-breasted Puffleg Black-breasted Puffleg (Eriocnemnis nigrivestis) is endemic to Ecuador, occurring in the highlands of Pichincha, Esmeraldas and Imbabura provinces. The majority of records come from the northwestern ridge-crests of Pichincha volcano, west of Quito. In … Continue reading

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White-winged Nightjar (Eleothreptus candicans): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for White-winged Nightjar White-winged Nightjar (Eleothreptus candicans) occurs in central South America, ranging from Bolivia to Brazil and Paraguay, from sea level to 210 m. The population of White-winged Nightjar is estimated to number 1,000-2,499 individuals based … Continue reading

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The newly described taxon Santa Marta Screech-owl (Megascops gilesi) is to be recognized as a species by BirdLife International.

Santa Marta Screech-owl (Megascops gilesi) was first collected in 1919 in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in northern Colombia, but was preliminary classified as Tropical Screech-owl (Megascops choliba). Based on the vocalisation and on genetic and morphological analysis of … Continue reading

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Blossomcrown (Anthocephala floriceps) is being split: assessment of newly recognised taxa.

BirdLife species factsheet for Blossomcrown Following a taxonomic reassessment, Blossomcrown (Anthocephala floriceps) has been split into Santa Marta Blossomcrown (A. floriceps) and Tolima Blossomcrown (A. berlepschi). Both species are endemic to Colombia. The newly defined Santa Marta Blossomcrown occurs on … Continue reading

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Imperial Amazon (Amazona imperialis): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Imperial Amazon Imperial Amazon (Amazona imperialis) is endemic to Dominica, where it occurs in the central highlands. While the species had declined significantly to less than 50 mature individuals in 1979, it increased again to 100 … Continue reading

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Black Rail (Laterallus jamaicensis): revise global status?

Black Rail (Laterallus jamaicensis) occurs very locally throughout the Americas and the Caribbean. It is found along the east coast of the U.S.A., in California and southward in a few, disjunct locations south to Panama, on the Greater Antilles, in … Continue reading

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Rufous-browed Hemispingus (Poospiza rufosuperciliaris): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Rufous-browed Hemispingus Rufous-browed Hemispingus (Poospiza rufosuperciliaris) is restricted to the east Andes of north-central Peru. It is rare and locally distributed in the Cordillera de Colán, Amazonas, and the Cordillera Central, south to east La Libertad … Continue reading

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Cassin’s Finch (Haemorhous cassinii): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Cassin’s Finch Cassin’s Finch (Haemorhous cassinii) is found in montane coniferous forest of western Canada and U.S.A., with wintering populations occurring south into northern Mexico (although at lower elevations than during the breeding season) (Clement et al. 1993, … Continue reading

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West Indian Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna arborea): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for West Indian Whistling-duck West Indian Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna arborea) occurs in the Caribbean. It is found in the Bahamas, on Turks and Caicos, as well as on the Greater Antilles and Lesser Antilles south to Guadeloupe. The … Continue reading

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Red-billed Tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus): request for information.

BirdLife species factsheet for Red-billed Tropicbird Red-billed Tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus) ranges across tropical waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the north-west Indian Ocean and the eastern Pacific. The species is mostly pelagic. It breeds in loose colonies on sea cliffs or … Continue reading

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Tolima Dove (Leptotila conoveri): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Tolima Dove Tolima Dove (Leptotila conoveri) is endemic to Colombia, where it occurs on the eastern slope of the Central Andes and in the East Andes between 1200 and 2500 m. The species is only known … Continue reading

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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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Three-toed Jacamar (Jacamaralcyon tridactyla): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Three-toed Jacamar Three-toed Jacamar (Jacamaralcyon tridactyla) occurs in small numbers at a few sites in south-eastern Brazil. It is found in the Río Paraíba valley in Rio de Janeiro state and the dry regions of east … Continue reading

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Parana Antwren (Formicivora acutirostris): request for information.

BirdLife species factsheet for Parana Antwren The Parana Antwren (Formicivora acutirostris) is found in a range of littoral marsh habitats in Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul, southern Brazil. It was found in 1995 in a small marsh … Continue reading

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Orange-fronted Parakeet (Eupsittula canicularis): request for information.

BirdLife species factsheet for Orange-fronted Parakeet Orange-fronted Parakeet (Euspittula canicularis) occurs throughout western Central America, from Sinaloa (Mexico) to north-western Costa Rica. It occupies lowland and hill forest and woodland up to 1,500 m, and is also found in savanna … Continue reading

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Black-and-gold Cotinga (Lipaugus ater): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Black-and-gold Cotinga The Black-and-gold Cotinga (Lipaugus ater) occurs in Rio de Janeiro, extreme east São Paulo and adjacent south Minas Gerais, south-east Brazil (Ridgely and Tudor 1994, Parker et al. 1996). Although the species has a … Continue reading

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Pampas Meadowlark (Leistes defilippii): request for information.

BirdLife species factsheet for Pampas Meadowlark The Pampas Meadowlark (Leistes defilippii) was formerly common and widespread in the grasslands of east-central Argentina and Uruguay, but always rare in south Brazil. Since 1900, its range has decreased by 90%, with most … Continue reading

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Guianan Antwarbler (Hypocnemis cantator): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Guianan Antwarbler Guianan Antwarbler (Hypocnemis cantator) occurs in the Guyana Shield of northern South America. It ranges from the extreme east-central Venezuela through Suriname, Guyana and French Guiana to north-east Amazonian Brazil (del Hoyo et al. … Continue reading

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Guadeloupe Woodpecker (Melanerpes herminieri): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Guadeloupe Woodpecker Guadeloupe Woodpecker (Melanerpes herminieri) is endemic to the Island of Guadeloupe in the Lesser Antilles. It occurs from sea-level to the tree-line at 1,000 m, but is most common at 100-700 m (Winkler et … Continue reading

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Dwarf Jay (Cyanolyca nanus): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Dwarf Jay Dwarf Jay (Cyanolyca nanus) occurs in south-eastern Mexico. It is found from central Veracruz to Puebla and the Sierras Juárez, Aloapaneca and Zempoaltepec in northern Oaxaca, in eastern Querétaro and in northeastern Hidalgo, where … Continue reading

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Viridian Dacnis (Dacnis viguieri): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Viridian Dacnis Viridian Dacnis (Dacnis viguieri) occurs in north-west Colombia (north Chocó, north-west Antioquia, south-west Córdoba) and east Panama (east Darién) (Hilty and Brown 1986, Ridgely and Gywnne 1989, Ridgely and Tudor 1989). Within this range … Continue reading

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Cuban Black Hawk (Buteogallus gundlachii): request for information.

BirdLife species factsheet for Cuban Black Hawk Cuban Black Hawk (Buteogallus gundlachii) is endemic to Cuba and several offshore islets and cays. In general, the species is uncommon and localised, but can be quite common in areas of optimal habitat … Continue reading

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Crescent-faced Antpitta (Grallaricula lineifrons): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Crescent-faced Antpitta Crescent-faced Antpitta (Grallaricula lineifrons) is known from few localities in the Central Andes in southern Colombia (Cauca) and on the eastern slope of the Andes in Ecuador (Napo, Carchi, Cañar and Loja) (Lehmann et … Continue reading

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Cipo Canastero (Asthenes luizae): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Cipo Canastero Cipo Canastero (Asthenes luizae) occurs in few localities in Minas Gerais, Brazil (Espinhaço mountain range and Diamantina plateau, Campina do Bananal, and further north in Monte Azul; Chaves Cordeiro et al. 1998, Vasconcelos et … Continue reading

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Cinnamon-breasted Tody-tyrant (Hemitriccus cinnamomeipectus): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Cinnamon-breasted Tody-tyrant Cinnamon-breasted Tody-tyrant (Hemitriccus cinnamomeipectus) is known only from a few localities on remote and isolated mountain ranges in southern Ecuador and northern Peru, where it is rare to uncommon (Ridgely and Tudor 1994, Ridgely … Continue reading

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Chestnut-bellied Flowerpiercer (Diglossa gloriosissima): request for information

BirdLife species factsheet for Chestnut-bellied Flowerpiercer Chestnut-bellied Flowerpiercer (Diglossa gloriosissima) is local and apparently scarce in the West Andes of Colombia (Ridgely and Tudor 1989), where it occurs near the timberline at high altitude in semi-humid/humid montane scrub and elfin … Continue reading

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Bolivian Spinetail (Cranioleuca henricae): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Bolivian Spinetail Bolivian Spinetail (Cranioleuca henricae) is endemic to western Bolivia, where it occurs in dry valleys of the eastern slopes of the Andes between 1,800 and 3,300 m. The species is known from very few … Continue reading

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Bogota Sunangel (Heliangelus zusii): no longer a valid taxon.

Bogota Sunangel (Heliangelus zusii) is currently listed as Data Deficient (BirdLife International 2019). Following a molecular phylogenetic analysis by Pérez-Emán et al. (2019), it was deemed that specimens placed as this species actually more likely represent hybrids between a female … Continue reading

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Belted Flycatcher (Xenotriccus callizonus): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Belted Flycatcher Belted Flycatcher (Xenotriccus callizonus) occurs in southern Mexico (Chiapas), Guatemala, northwestern El Salvador (Howell and Webb 1995), and has recently been reported from southwestern Honduras (Haldeman 2015). The species is uncommon, locally distributed and … Continue reading

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Baudo Oropendola (Psarocolius cassini): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Baudo Oropendola Baudo Oropendola (Psarocolius cassini) is endemic to the Colombian Chocó, where it occurs in the foothills and lowlands around the serranías de los Saltos and de Baudó. Until recently, the species was only known … Continue reading

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Bahama Warbler (Setophaga flavescens): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Bahama Warbler Bahama Warbler (Setophaga flavenscens) is known from Abaco (Great Abaco and Little Abaco) and Grand Bahama islands in the northern Bahamas. It occurs exclusively in mature stands of Caribbean Pine Pinus caribaea (McKay et … Continue reading

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Arrowhead Piculet (Picumnus minutissimus): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Arrowhead Piculet Arrowhead Piculet (Picumnus minutissimus) occurs in the coastal lowlands of the Guianas. It is probably endemic to Suriname; some consider that there have not been any conclusive records from Guyana, while its status in … Continue reading

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Chestnut-bellied Hummingbird (Amazilia castaneiventris): request for information

BirdLife species factsheet for Chestnut-bellied Hummingbird Chestnut-bellied Hummingbird (Amazilia castaneiventris) is restricted to the Serranía de San Lucas and the drier parts of the Magdalena Valley, Colombia, with a core range in the Chicamocha, Suarez and Chucuri valleys. It inhabits … Continue reading

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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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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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Greater Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido): 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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Black-capped Vireo (Vireo atricapilla): 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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Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea): 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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Forest thrush (Turdus lherminieri): 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 2019 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Turquoise-fronted Amazon (Amazona aestiva): 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 2019 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Hooded Visorbearer (Augastes lumachella): uplist from Near Threatened 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 2019 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Banded Cotinga (Cotinga maculata): uplist from Endangered to Critically 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 2019 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Plumbeous Antvireo (Dysithamnus plumbeus): 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 2019 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Helmeted Woodpecker (Hylatomus galeatus): uplist from VU to EN?

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 2019 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Restinga Tyrannulet (Phylloscartes kronei): downlist from Vulnerable to Near Threatened or Least Concern?

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 2019 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Black-capped Piprites (Piprites pileata): downlist from Vulnerable to Near Threatened?

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 2019 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Bare-throated Bellbird (Procnias nudicollis): downlist from Vulnerable to Near Threatened?

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 2019 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Black-bellied Seedeater (Sporophila melanogaster): uplist from Near Threatened to Vulnerable?

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 2019 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Saffron-cowled Blackbird (Xanthopsar flavus) – 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 2019 Red List update this … 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 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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Suggestions for new topics

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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: 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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Archived 2018 topic: 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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Archived 2018 topic: 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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Archived 2018 topic: 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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Archived 2018 topic: 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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Archived 2018 topic: 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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Archived 2018 topic: 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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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: 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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Archived 2018 topic: 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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Archived 2018 topic: 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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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: 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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Archived 2018 topic: 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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Archived 2018 topic: 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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Archived 2018 topic: 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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Archived 2018 topic: 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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Archived 2018 topic: 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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Archived 2018 topic: 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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Archived 2018 topic: 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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Archived 2018 topic: 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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Archived 2018 topic: 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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Archived 2018 topic: 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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Archived 2018 topic: Bahama Nuthatch (Sitta insularis): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Bahama Nuthatch Bahama Nuthatch (Sitta insularis) is endemic to the Bahamas, where it is found only on one island, Grand Bahama Island (del Hoyo et al. 2018). It is a forest species with a very small … Continue reading

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Archived 2018 topic: White-winged Guan (Penelope albipennis): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for White-winged Guan: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/white-winged-guan-penelope-albipennis The White-winged Guan (Penelope albipennis) survives only in Lambayeque, Piura (Díaz-Montes and del Solar-Rojas 1997) and Cajamarca departments in north-west Peru. Historically, the species was probably well distributed across the Tumbesian dry forest … Continue reading

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Archived 2018 topic: Rusty-flanked Crake (Laterallus levraudi): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Rusty-flanked Crake: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/rusty-flanked-crake-laterallus-levraudi The Rusty-flanked Crake occurs on the lower Caribbean slope of north-west Venezuela, in eastern Zulia (V. Morón-Zambrano in litt. 2012), Barinas, Portuguesa, Falcón, Lara, Yaracuy, Carabobo, Aragua, Distrito Federal and Miranda. Until 1995, … 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: 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 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: Cinereous Warbling-finch (Microspingus cinereus): downlist from Vulnerable to Least Concern or Near Threatened?

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

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Archived 2018 topic: 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 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: 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 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: Brasilia Tapaculo (Scytalopus novacapitalis): uplist from Near Threatened 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 the species as part of the 2018 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Archived 2018 topic: Atlantic Royal Flycatcher (Onychorhynchus swainsoni): downlist from Vulnerable to Near Threatened?

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

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Archived 2018 topic: Russet-winged Spadebill (Platyrinchus leucoryphus): downlist from Vulnerable to Near Threatened?

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

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