McKay's Bunting Plectrophenax hyperboreus

Family: Calcariidae (Longspurs)

Authority: Ridgway, 1884

Red List Category

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Justification of Red List category
This species has been downlisted from Near Threatened because its population is estimated to be larger than previously thought and because there are not thought to be any plausible threats that could cause a rapid or very rapid decline in a short time period. It is now listed as Least Concern on the basis that it is not thought to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under any of the Red List criteria.

Population size: 18400-23700

Population trend: Increasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 108,000 km2

Country endemic: Yes

Land-mass type - shelf island
Realm - Nearctic
USFWS - Bird of Conservation Concern
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome
IUCN Ecosystem -- Marine biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Species factsheet: Plectrophenax hyperboreus. Downloaded from on 07/08/2020. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2020) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 07/08/2020.