Chinese Grass-babbler (Graminicola striatus): Revise global status?

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5 Responses to Chinese Grass-babbler (Graminicola striatus): Revise global status?

  1. Xi ZHENG says:

    A range-wide survey of Chinese Grass-babbler has been conducted across southern China between 2016 and 2018, the proposed downlisting to NT is consistent with the conclusion of this study. Key findings of this study include:
    – Literature and specimen collection review has found no evidence of Chinese Grass-babbler presence in central China as established by current range map.
    – 14 new breeding sites discovered in field surveys, half of these sites were close to human settlements, indicating the species could tolerate human disturbance and degraded habitats
    – Recalculated global EOO is 1,307,543 km2
    – Ecological niche modelling suggests a 18.9% reduction in its potential distribution in South China

    Full article:
    Zheng, X., Lewthwaite, R., Martinez, J., Yu, Y.T., Liu, Y., Yang, L. & Chan, B.P.L. (2021) Distribution and status updates of Chinese Grass-babbler Graminicola striatus in China: Implications for its global conservation status. Global Ecology and Conservation 26, e01463. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2021.e01463

  2. Simon Mahood says:

    The only known sub-population in Cambodia presumably continues to decline in line with habitat loss, which was continuing apace this year. This sub-population is likely to be at the lower end of the 2018 estimate.

    New data published by Zheng et al 2021 makes it clear that the species should be downlisted, and offers hope that it is more widespread in southern China (and potentially northern Vietnam and Laos PDR) than currently realised.

  3. Red List Team (BirdLife International) says:

    Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to this discussion. We greatly appreciate the time and effort invested by so many people in commenting. The window for consultation is now closed. We will analyse and interpret the new information and post a preliminary decision on this species’s Red List status on this page in early July.

    Thank you once again,
    BirdLife Red List Team

  4. Red List Team (BirdLife International) says:

    Preliminary proposal

    Based on available information, our preliminary proposal for the 2021 Red List would be to adopt the proposed classifications outlined in the initial forum discussion.

    There is now a period for further comments until the final deadline in mid-July, after which the recommended categorisations will be put forward to IUCN.

    The final 2021 Red List categories will be published on the BirdLife and IUCN websites in December 2021, following further checking of information relevant to the assessments by both BirdLife and IUCN.

  5. Red List Team (BirdLife International) says:

    Recommended categorisation to be put forward to IUCN

    The final categorisation for this species has changed. Chinese Grass-babbler is now recommended to be listed as Near Threatened, approaching the thresholds for listing as threatened under Criterion C2a(i).

    Many thanks for everyone who contributed to the 2021 GTB Forum process. The final 2021 Red List categories will be published on the BirdLife and IUCN websites in December 2021, following further checking of information relevant to the assessments by both BirdLife and IUCN.

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