I disagree. In October 2015 and 2016, I spent 8 days in excellent habitat in Daalo Mountains in Somaliland and saw a single individual. In fact, it was one of the species I came back to Somaliland for. I had ideal field conditions, a field vehicle with a driver, two soldiers for security, good weather and was able to spend 10-12 hours in the field every day, starting between 5:30-6 AM. I was also told by knowledgeable locals living there that it is uncommon to rare, and possibly seasonal. I also spent another 20 days in the rest of Somaliland, covering the area from Hargeisa to Daalo Mts and back (2 round trips in two years, over 4000 km), again with ideal field conditions, a vehicle with a driver, no obvious safety threats and was able to spend almost all the daylight hours in the field. I did not observe a bird elsewhere. Given its scarcity and localized distribution, I would consider it as Vulnerable at least.
With so few records of the species, it’s hard to make a judgement, but I think the species must be seasonal. I spent several days searching for the species in the juniper forests of the Daallo mountains in September 2012, and did not see any linnets there. I then found a small flock in an open scrubby area on the way back to Ceerigaabo. This is very different habitat from the juniper woodland. From what I can gather from the few recent records, I think the species can be found in glades and open areas within the juniper woodland (where it feeds on flowering Salvias) from around May to July, but presumably when the Salvias finish flowering, the birds move out to much drier surrounding areas. So, it’s not entirely dependent on the forest at all, but only seasonally. We should be concerned at the survival of these surrounding areas as well as the woodland. Open areas are often subject to overgrazing by livestock in Somaliland. Surveys are urgently needed to clarify the species’ status and range.
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.
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BirdLife Red List Team
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 late 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.
Recommended categorisation to be put forward to IUCN
The final categorisation for this species has not changed. Warsangli Linnet is recommended to be listed as Near Threatened, approaching listing as threatened under Criterion D1.
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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