Archived 2021 topic: Lesser Florican (Sypheotides indicus): Revise global status?

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  1. The distribution of LF depends on the rainfall pattern; the bird species visits the study area in peak monsoon, which is a short window period of three months from July to September. Males have strong site fidelity and they visit the same breeding sites every breeding season. Since there is no Protected Area available for Lesser Florican, birds almost found on private or revenue lands which are basically croplands and grazing lands (Narwade et al. 2020). Floricans are mainly seen in the standing crops like mung bean Vigna radiate Black gram or Urad Bean Vigna mungo, Jowar Sorghum, Sesame Sesamum indicium, and Maize Zea mays (Narwade et al. 2017).

    A total of 32 unique males was detected in the Shokaliya landscape, Rajasthan in the year 2017 (Narwade et al. 2017). Based on a study conducted by BNHS from January 2019 to June 2020 an area of 1727 sq. km was covered and Lesser Florican was sighted at 26 sites. 34 unique males and 9 females were sighted (Narwade et al. 2020). Almost stable count of 35-40 males, sighting of only one nest, and no records of chicks in Shokaliya landscape, during the entire breeding season of 2019 indicates low reproduction success in Lesser Florican (Narwade et al 2020). The use of heavy machines for farming, increase in free-ranging dogs, land-use changes, increasing powerlines, chemical spray, unavailability of grasslands were found some of the important threats to be addressed immediately.

    During the 1990s, there were around 55 individuals of Critically Endangered bird Great Indian Bustard (GIB) reported in Shokaliya landscape, which reduced to 4 birds in 2016 and, unfortunately, no confirmed sightings thereafter. It is hoped that the LF will not go the way of the GIB and, in that respect, efforts are on for its conservation through traditional farming practices, restoring habitat to grasslands with the help of the concerned agencies and local people through Lesser Florican Community Reserves (LFCRs).

    Narwade, S.S., Karulkar, A.K., Lambture, B.R., Chakdar, B., Khongsai, N., Jathar, G., and Apte, D. (2017): Status survey of Lesser Florican Sypheotides indicus for preparation of landscape-level conservation plan. Report submitted by BNHS to BirdLife International under Prevention of Extinctions Programme (PEP). Pp 31.

    Narwade, S., P. Pansare, N. Bora, S. Kaur Sharma & D. Apte (2020): Status survey of Lesser Florican Sypheotides indicus for developing a conservation plan for Shokaliya area, Rajasthan. Final report submitted by Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) to Government of Rajasthan. 116. pp.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. Red List Team (BirdLife International) says:

    Recommended categorisation to be put forward to IUCN

    The final categorisation for this species has not changed. Lesser Florican is recommended to be listed as Critically Endangered under Criteria A2bcd+3bcd+4bcd.

    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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