Yellow Bunting Emberiza sulphurata

Family: Emberizidae (Old World Buntings)

Authority: Temminck & Schlegel, 1848

Red List Category

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Justification of Red List category
This range-restricted bunting was formerly assessed as Vulnerable, however the most recent information indicates that the species does not meet or approach the thresholds for listing as threatened. While a significant population reduction was suspected to have taken place during the 20th century, both occupancy information from national atlases and indirect evidence from banding studies of migrants indicate the population is likely stable or increasing. The previous population estimate is considered to have been too low and the population is considered very likely to currently exceed 10,000 mature individuals. There remains the potential threat from indiscriminate trapping of small birds for food and for the cage bird trade, however there is no evidence that these have affected this species in recent decades, in contrast to some congeners with partly overlapping ranges. 

Population size: unknown

Population trend: Stable

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 164,000 km2

Country endemic: No

Land-mass type - shelf island
Realm - Indomalayan
Realm - Palearctic
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Species factsheet: Emberiza sulphurata. Downloaded from on 06/10/2022. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2022) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 06/10/2022.