Category Archives: Pacific

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Double-banded Plover (Charadrius bicinctus): request for information.

BirdLife species factsheet for Double-banded Plover 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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Black-billed Gull (Larus bulleri): 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 2020 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Long-legged Thicketbird (Megalurulus rufus): 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 2020 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 2020 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Suggestions for new topics

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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: 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: Giant White-eye (Megazosterops palauensis): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Giant White-eye: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/Giant-White-eye Giant White-eye (Megazosterops palauensis) is endemic to Palau, being common on the islands of Peleliu and Ngeruktabl (van Balen 2018). There is also one record from Babeldaob Island (Olsen and Eberdong 2009), but … 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: South Georgia Diving-petrel (Pelecanoides georgicus) is being split: assessment of newly recognised taxa.

BirdLife species factsheet for South Georgia Diving-petrel Following a taxonomic reassessment, South Georgia Diving-petrel (Pelecanoides georgicus) is being split into South Georgia Diving-petrel (P. georgicus) and Whenua Hou Diving-petrel (P. whenuahouensis). The newly-defined South Georgia Diving-petrel occurs in the southern … Continue reading

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Archived 2019 topic: 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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Archived 2019 topic: Chattering Kingfisher (Todiramphus tutus): request for information.

BirdLife species factsheet for Chattering Kingfisher Chattering Kingfisher (Todiramphus tutus) is found on seven islands: Maupiti, Bora Bora, Tahaa, Raiatea and Huahine in French Polynesia and Atiu and Mauke in the Cook Islands. It is considered to be widespread and … 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: New Britain Kingfisher (Todiramphus albonotatus): request for information.

BirdLife species factsheet for New Britain Kingfisher The New Britain Kingfisher (Todiramphus albonotatus) is endemic to New Britain in Papua New Guinea, where it appears to be a scarce species (Gilliard and LeCroy 1967, Clay 1994, K. D. Bishop in … Continue reading

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Archived 2019 topic: White-breasted Monarch (Symposiachrus menckei): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for White-breasted Monarch The White-breasted Monarch (Symposiachrus menckei) is endemic to Mussau Island (400 km2) in the St Matthias group of Papua New Guinea, where it is considered common (Dutson 2011, Clement 2018). The species is currently … Continue reading

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Archived 2019 topic: Silver-capped Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus richardsii): request for information.

BirdLife species factsheet for Silver-capped Fruit-dove The Silver-capped Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus richardsii) is found only on Uki, Three Sisters, Santa Ana, Santa Catalina, Bellona and Rennell in the Solomon Islands. It occurs in lowland forest including hurricane-damaged forest, and on Uki … Continue reading

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Archived 2019 topic: Rennell White-eye (Zosterops rennellianus): request for information.

BirdLife species factsheet for Rennel White-eye The Rennell White-eye (Zosterops rennellianus) is found only on the island of Rennell in the Solomon Islands. It is found in forest, especially forest edge, and is less common in regrowth and scrub (van … Continue reading

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Archived 2019 topic: Rennell Shrikebill (Clytorhynchus hamlini): request for information.

BirdLife species factsheet for Rennell Shrikebill The Rennell Shrikebill (Clytorhynchus hamlini) is found only on the island of Rennell in the Solomon Islands. It is found in the understorey of primary forest with dense undergrowth and also in regrowth areas … Continue reading

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Archived 2019 topic: Murphy’s Petrel (Pterodroma ultima): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Murphy’s Petrel Murphy’s Petrel (Pterodroma ultima) occurs in the south-central Pacific Ocean, where it breeds on Pitcairn, the Tuamotu Archipelago, the Austral Islands, Easter Island as well as in French Polynesia, and possibly also on the … 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: ko’ko’/Guam Rail (Hypotaenidia owstoni): 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: Tongan Scrubfowl (Megapodius pritchardii): 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: Kagu (Rhynochetos jubatus): 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 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: 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: 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: 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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Archived 2018 topic: White-fronted Tern (Sterna striata): revise global status?

White-fronted Tern (Sterna striata) is found in south-eastern 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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Archived 2018 topic: 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 2018 topic: Rapa Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus huttoni): revise global status?

BirdLife species factsheet for Rapa Fruit-dove: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/rapa-fruit-dove-ptilinopus-huttoni The Rapa fruit-dove (Ptilinopus huttoni) is endemic to the tiny island of Rapa in the Tubuai Islands, French Polynesia, where its population was estimated at 274 individuals (175-368) in 1989-1990 (Thibault and Varney … 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: Palau Ground-dove (Alopecoenas canifrons): Uplist from Near Threatened to 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 2017 topics: Southern Red-breasted Plover (Charadrius obscurus): uplist to Critically Endangered?

Southern Red-breasted Plover (or Southern New Zealand Dotterel) (Charadrius obscurus) is endemic to New Zealand. Once widespread in the South Island of New Zealand, it now breeds only on inland Stewart Island/Rakiura, mainly on subalpine herb-fields or rocky areas above … 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: 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: 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: Kea (Nestor notabilis): uplist from Vulnerable to Endangered?

The Kea (Nestor notabilis) is endemic to New Zealand, and is currently listed as Vulnerable under criterion C2a(ii) on the basis of a small and declining population size. The population is sparsely distributed across a range of approximately 3.5 million … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Plains-wanderer (Pedionomus torquatus): uplist to Critically Endangered?

Plains-wanderer, Pedionomus torquatus, is endemic to Australia, recorded from north-central Victoria, north-eastern South Australia, southern New South Wales around the Riverina, and west-central Queensland (Barrett et al. 2003, Commonwealth of Australia 2016). It is currently listed as Endangered under criterion … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Ultramarine Lorikeet (Vini ultramarina): uplist to Critically Endangered?

BirdLife Species factsheet for Ultramarine Lorikeet: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/ultramarine-lorikeet-vini-ultramarina   Ultramarine Lorikeet, Vini ultramarina, is endemic to the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia. Once occurring on several islands in the group it has gone extinct on all bar one of these. On Ua … 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: 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: Ouvea Parakeet (Eunymphicus uvaeensis): downlist to Vulnerable?

BirdLife Species factsheet for Ouvea Parakeet: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/ouvea-parakeet-eunymphicus-uvaeensis   Endemic to the island of Ouvea, French Polynesia, Ouvea Parakeet, Eunymphicus uvaeensis, is currently listed as Endangered under criterion B1ab(iii) as it was believed to be restricted to a small area of … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: San Cristobal Dwarf-kingfisher (Ceyx gentianus): downlist to Least Concern?

BirdLife Species factsheet for San Cristobal Dwaf-kingfisher: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/san-cristobal-dwarf-kingfisher-ceyx-gentianus   San Cristobal Dwarf-kingfisher (Ceyx gentianus) has been recently split from C. lepidus and is restricted to the island of Makira (formerly San Cristobal) in the Solomon Islands. The species can be … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Antipodean Albatross (Diomedea antipodensis): uplist to Endangered?

Antipodean Albatross, Diomedea antipodensis, is a breeding endemic of New Zealand. It is known to breed on only a very limited number of islands; Antipodes Island, the Auckland Islands (Adams, Auckland and Disappointment), Campbell Island and Pitt Island (one pair … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Rimatara Reed-warbler (Acrocephalus rimitarae): uplist to Critically Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Rimatara Reed-warbler: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/rimatara-reed-warbler-acrocephalus-rimitarae   Rimatara Reed-warbler, Acrocephalus rimitarae, is endemic to the small island of Rimatara in the Austral Islands of French Polynesia, with a Minimum Convex Polygon Extent of Occurrence of only 10km2. The species … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: White-eyed Starling (Aplonis brunneicapillus): downlist to Vulnerable?

BirdLife Species factsheet for White-eyed Starling: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/white-eyed-starling-aplonis-brunneicapillus   White-eyed Starling, Aplonis brunneicapillus, has been recorded from only four islands; Guadalcanal, Rendova and Choiseul, Solomons Islands, and Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. It is rare and patchy in its distribution, and given … 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: Iphis Monarch (Pomarea iphis): uplist to Critically Endangered?

Iphis Monarch, Pomarea iphis, is restricted to the island of Ua Huka in the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia. The species appears to prefer forested habitat, with breeding individuals found in native low- to mid-elevation moist/wet forest and locally in dry … 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: Marquesas Ground-dove (Alopecoenas rubescens): uplist to Endangered?

The Marquesas Ground-dove, Alopecoenas rubescens, is restricted to two small islets (Hatuta’a and Fatu Huku) in the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia. It inhabits wooded areas and shrubby vegetation on these islands, with individuals on Hatuta’a favouring the plateau and only … 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: Guadalcanal Boobook (Ninox granti): downlist to Near Threatened?

Guadalcanal Boobook, Ninox granti, was recently split from N. jacquinoti and is currently assessed to be Vulnerable under criteria B1b(v)c(iv); C2a(ii)b. Endemic to the island of Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, this species occurs in forest as well as at the forest … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Mountain Starling (Aplonis santovestris): request for information.

BirdLife Species factsheet for Mountain Starling: http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/mountain-starling-aplonis-santovestris   The Mountain Starling, Aplonis santovestris, is endemic to cloud forest above 1,200m in the mountains of Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu. The species has been recorded from three of the highest mountains on the … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Okarito Brown Kiwi/Rowi (Apteryx rowi): Downlist 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 2017 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Northern Brown Kiwi (Apteryx mantelli): downlist 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 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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Archived 2016 topics: Black-and-white Monarch (Monarcha barbatus) is being moved to the genus Symposiachrus and split: list Symposiachrus barbatus as Near Threatened or Least Concern and S. malaitae as Near Threatened?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Red-headed Parrotfinch (Erythrura cyaneovirens) and Royal Parrotfinch (Erythrura regia) are being lumped: list Erythrura cyaneovirens as Near Threatened?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Tomtit (Petroica macrocephala) is being split into P. macrocephala and P. dannefaerdi: list P. dannefaerdi as Vulnerable?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of theHBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: New Zealand Fernbird (Bowdleria punctata) is being moved to genus Poodytes and is being split: list P. punctatus as Least Concern and P. caudatus as Near Threatened?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of theHBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Rearrangement of Island Leaf-warbler Phylloscopus poliocephalus: list P. misoriensis as Least Concern and P. maforensis as Near Threatened or Vulnerable?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Bridled White-eye (Zosterops conspicillatus) is being split: list Z. conspicillatus as Extinct and Z. saypani as Endangered?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: New Britain Thrush (Zoothera talaseae) is being split: list Z. atrigena as Near Threatened?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Black-tailed Monarch (Monarcha verticalis) is being split: list S. ateralbus as Vulnerable?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis) is being split: list P. feminina as Near Threatened?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Chestnut-bellied Monarch (Monarcha castaneiventris) is being split: list Monarcha ugiensis as Near Threatened?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Torrent Robin (Monachella muelleriana) is being split: list M. coultasi as Near Threatened?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 forum topics: Nightingale Reed-warbler (Acrocephalus luscinius) is being split: list A. nijoi as Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct), A. hiwae as Critically Endangered, and A. astrolabii, A. yamashinae and A. luscinius as Extinct?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Northern Fantail (Rhipidura rufiventris) is being split: list R. kordensis as Near Threatened?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Capped White-eye (Zosterops fuscicapilla) is being split: request for information for Z. crookshanki.

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Red-collared Myzomela (Myzomela rosenbergii) is being split: list M. rosenbergii as Least Concern and M. longirostris as Near Threatened?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Dull Flycatcher (Myiagra hebetior) is being split: list M. hebetior as Near Threatened or Vulnerable and M. eichhorni as Least Concern? Request for information for M. cervinicolor.

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Guadalcanal Thicketbird (Megalurus whitneyi) is being split: list M. whitneyi as Near Threatened and M. turipavae as Vulnerable?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Leach’s Storm-petrel (Hydrobates leucorhous): uplist from Least Concern to Vulnerable?

BirdLife species factsheet for Leach’s storm-petrel: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/factsheet/22698511 The Leach’s storm-petrel has an extensive global range and breeding colonies are confined to the northern hemisphere, from the South Kuril Islands (Japan) round to Baja California (Mexico) including the Aleutian Islands, Alaska … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Flesh-footed Shearwater (Ardenna carneipes): uplist from Least Concern to Near Threatened?

BirdLife species factsheet for Flesh-footed Shearwater: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/speciesfactsheet.php?id=3930 Flesh-footed Shearwater breeds on St Paul Island (French Southern Territories), Lord Howe Island (Australia), islands off south-west mainland Australia, South Australia (at two isolated colonies), and islands off North and South Islands (New … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Streaked Fantail (Rhipidura verreauxi) is being split: list R. verreauxi, R. spilodera and R. layardi as Least Concern and R. rufilateralis as Near Threatened?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: White-winged Fantail (Rhipidura cockerelli) is being split: list R. cockerelli and R. coultasi as Near Threatened?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Blue-crested Flycatcher (Myiagra azureocapilla) is being split: list new nominate Myiagra azureocapilla as Near Threatened?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Slender-billed Cicadabird (Coracina tenuirostris) is being moved to the genus Edolisoma and split into multiple species: list E. rostratum as Data Deficient, E. nesiotis and E. inseperatum as Endangered and E. monarcha as Near Threatened?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Tahiti Reed-warbler (Acrocephalus caffer) is being split: list A. caffer as Endangered, A. musae as Extinct and A. longirostris as Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct)?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Saddleback (Philesturnus carunculatus) is being split: list both Philesturnus carunculatus (South Island Saddleback) and Philesturnus rufusator (North Island Saddleback) as Near Threatened

Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, building off the Handbook of the Birds of the World series, and BirdLife’s annually updated taxonomic checklist. The … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Kokako (Callaeas cinereus) is being split: list Callaeas cinereus (South Island Kokako) as Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct) and Callaeas wilsoni (North Island Kokako) as Near Threatened?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Solomons Cuckooshrike (Coracina holopolia) is being split and moving to genus Edolisoma: list Edolisoma holopolium as Near Threatened and E. pygmaeum as Vulnerable?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Silktail (Lamprolia victoriae) is being split: list L. victoriae as Near Threatened and L. klinesmithi as Vulnerable?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Varied Triller (Lalage leucomela) is being split: list L. leucomela as Least Concern and L. conjuncta as Endangered?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: South Island Wren (Xenicus gilviventris): uplist to Endangered?

South Island Wren (or New Zealand Rock Wren) (Xenicus gilviventris) is endemic to New Zealand. Once found in the North Island and South Islands prior to European settlement, it is now restricted to the South Island, where it ranges from … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Chatham Parakeet (Cyanoramphus forbesi): Downlist to Vulnerable?

Cyanoramphus forbesi (Chatham, or Forbes’ Parakeet) is restricted to Little Mangere and Mangere Islands in the Chatham Island group, New Zealand. By 1930, it was extinct on Mangere Island, but by 1973 it had recolonised and numbered 40 birds and … Continue reading

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Archived: Global IUCN Red List for birds – 2015 changes

Many thanks to all who contributed information and comments on this year’s reassessments. The 2015 Red List for birds was launched today, and the new assessments can be found at http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/search. You can read the BirdLife news story here: http://www.birdlife.org/worldwide/news/2015-red-list-vultures-shorebirds-and-other-iconic-species … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Chatham Petrel (Pterodroma axillaris): Downlist to Vulnerable?

Chatham Petrel (Pterodroma axillaris) breeds only in the Chatham Islands, New Zealand, where it is restricted to South East Island (= Rangatira), Pitt Island and main Chatham Island, having been reintroduced to both of the latter two. P. axillaris is … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Rapa Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus huttoni): Uplist to Endangered?

Rapa Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus huttoni) (BirdLife species factsheet) is currently classified as Vulnerable because the population is very small and confined to undisturbed forest fragments on one tiny island. P. huttoni is endemic to the island of Rapa in the Tubuai … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) – uplist from Least Concern to Vulnerable?

Eurasian Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus has a wide range comprising four flyway populations: H. o. ostralegus breeds from Iceland and Scandinavia east to NW Russia, south through Britain to NW France, with isolated populations in the Mediterranean, and winters on coasts … Continue reading

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