Madagascar Grebe Tachybaptus pelzelnii

Family: Podicipedidae (Grebes)

Authority: (Hartlaub, 1861)

Red List Category

Criteria: C2a(ii)

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Justification of Red List category
This species has a very small population which is suspected to be in decline. It has been eliminated from some sites by a combination of predation by introduced fish and entanglement in monofilament gill-nets, and is suffering habitat loss to rice cultivation. The rate of decline could accelerate in the next 16 years (three generations), although the rate of decline has not been quantified. Therefore, the species is listed here as Endangered.

Population size: 1000-2499

Population trend: Decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 689,000 km2

Country endemic: Yes

Land-mass type - shelf island
Realm - Afrotropical
IUCN Ecosystem -- Freshwater biome
IUCN Ecosystem -- Marine biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Tachybaptus pelzelnii. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/madagascar-grebe-tachybaptus-pelzelnii on 08/06/2023. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org on 08/06/2023.