The reasons presented are reasonable and justify the downgrade from NT to LC. The very small German breeding population is also increasing rapidly.
Following careful review and consideration of the existing available information, as well as the contributions to the consultation above, we have now reached a decision on the status of this species for both the 2021 global Red List update and the 2021 European Red List. Our conclusion is that this species should be classified as Least Concern, representing a reclassification from its current status of Near Threatened, owing to the fact that its population is increasing, not declining.
Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the discussion above and helped to inform this outcome. The 2021 European Red List will be published this autumn, and the 2021 global Red List update including this assessment will be published on the BirdLife and IUCN websites in December.
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