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Arabian Babbler Argya squamiceps



Taxonomy

Taxonomic note

Argya squamiceps (del Hoyo and Collar 2016) was previously listed as Turdoides squamiceps.

Taxonomic source(s)
AERC TAC. 2003. AERC TAC Checklist of bird taxa occurring in Western Palearctic region, 15th Draft. Available at: #http://www.aerc.eu/DOCS/Bird_taxa_of _the_WP15.xls#.
Cramp, S. and Simmons, K.E.L. (eds). 1977-1994. Handbook of the birds of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The birds of the western Palearctic. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
del Hoyo, J., Collar, N.J., Christie, D.A., Elliott, A., Fishpool, L.D.C., Boesman, P. and Kirwan, G.M. 2016. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Volume 2: Passerines. Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge, UK.

IUCN Red list criteria met and history
Red List criteria met
Critically Endangered Endangered Vulnerable
- - -

Red List history
Year Category Criteria
2018 Least Concern
2016 Least Concern
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern
Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency Does not normally occur in forest
Land mass type Average mass -
Extent of occurrence (EOO)

Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 3,300,000
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -
Population and trend
Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals unknown not applicable not applicable 0
Population trend Increasing suspected -
Decline (3 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (5 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (10 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (10 years/3 generation future) - - -
Decline (10 years/3 generation past and future) - - -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulations - - -
Generation length (yrs) 8.8 - - -

Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as locally common Israel (del Hoyo et al. 2007).

Trend justification: The population is suspected to be increasing as ongoing human colonisation and agricultural expansion is creating new areas of suitable habitat (del Hoyo et al. 2007).


Country/territory distribution
Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Resident Breeding Non-breeding Passage
Egypt N Extant Yes
Israel N Extant Yes
Jordan N Extant Yes
Oman N Extant Yes
Palestinian Authority Territories N Extant Yes
Saudi Arabia N Extant Yes
United Arab Emirates N Extant Yes
Yemen N Extant Yes

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)
Country/Territory IBA Name
Egypt Quseima
Egypt Wadi Gerafi
Israel Cliffs of Zin and the Negev highlands
Israel Judean desert
Israel Northern Arava valley
Israel Southern Arava valley and Elat mountains
Jordan Aqaba coast and mountains
Jordan Dana
Jordan Hisma Basin - Rum
Jordan Maghtas - Sweimeh
Jordan Wadi Araba
Jordan Wadi Mujib
Palestinian Authority Territories Jericho
Palestinian Authority Territories Jerusalem wilderness
United Arab Emirates Al Marmoom Desert
United Arab Emirates Dubai Desert (Nazwa Mountain)
United Arab Emirates Mushrif Park
United Arab Emirates Wadi Wurayah National Park
Yemen Bab al-Mandab - Mawza
Yemen Ma'rib - Naqil Fardah - Baraqish

Habitats & altitude
Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable Land suitable resident
Artificial/Terrestrial Plantations suitable resident
Artificial/Terrestrial Rural Gardens suitable resident
Grassland Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable resident
Marine Intertidal Salt Marshes (Emergent Grasses) suitable resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable resident
Altitude 0 - 2800 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Species factsheet: Argya squamiceps. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 11/12/2019. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2019) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 11/12/2019.