South Island Saddleback Philesturnus carunculatus

Family: Callaeidae (New Zealand wattlebirds)

Authority: (Gmelin, 1789)

Red List Category

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Justification of Red List category
Although this species has a restricted area of occupancy, it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion given that there is no evidence of a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation. The population trend is increasing, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). Although the population size numbers less than 10,000 mature individuals, without a continuing decline it does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). It is therefore evaluated as Least Concern.

Population size: 5000 mature individuals

Population trend: increasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 94,000 km2

Country endemic: yes

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Species factsheet: Philesturnus carunculatus. Downloaded from on 25/02/2024.
Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2024) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 25/02/2024.