Southern Red-breasted Plover Charadrius obscurus

Family: Charadriidae (Plovers)

Authority: Gmelin, 1789

Red List Category

Criteria: A4a; C1+2a(ii)

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Justification of Red List category
This species, which has been extirpated from most of its historic range, recovered from a low of just 62 birds in the early 1990s following intensive cat and rat control. However, since 2012 an extremely rapid population decline has been ongoing and the population size is once again very small. The species has therefore been uplisted to Critically Endangered.

Population size: 60-80 mature individuals

Population trend: decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 2,200 km2

Country endemic: yes

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Species factsheet: Charadrius obscurus. 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.