Cape Verde Swamp-warbler Acrocephalus brevipennis

Family: Acrocephalidae (Reed-warblers)

Authority: (Keulemans, 1866)

Red List Category

Criteria: B1ab(ii,iii)+2ab(ii,iii)

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Justification of Red List category
This species is confined to three small islands where, despite its adaptation to artificial habitats, its population is suspected to be under threat as a result of successive droughts and an increasing human population. Its future on one island, in particular, is precarious, and the overall population trend is uncertain. The discovery of a relatively large population on Fogo, where it occurs commonly in plantations and crops, suggests that it may be less threatened than previously feared, and a re-assessment of its extent of occurrence using a minimum convex polygon means that the species now warrants listing as Vulnerable.

Population size: 1500-2000 mature individuals

Population trend: unknown

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 13,300 km2

Country endemic: yes

Land-mass type - oceanic island
Realm - Afrotropical
IUCN Ecosystem -- Freshwater biome
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Species factsheet: Acrocephalus brevipennis. Downloaded from on 02/03/2024.
Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2024) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 02/03/2024.