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Asir Magpie Pica asirensis



Justification

Justification of Red List Category
This species has a very small population with all individuals in a single subpopulation and is thought to be declining. For these reasons the species is evaluated as Endangered.

Population justification
The population size has recently been estimated at 135 pairs or fewer (270 mature individuals) (Symes et al. 2015, Babbington 2016).

Trend justification
The area is being heavily disturbed by tourism activities and climate change is bringing warmer and drier weather (Symes et al. 2015, Babbington 2016), and so the population size is inferred to be declining.

Distribution and population

Pica asirensis is found only in the highlands of south-west Saudi Arabia in Asir Province (Symes et al. 2015, Babbington 2016).

Ecology

This species is sedentary within its restricted range, occurring in juniper forest in well-vegetated upland valleys and wadis from 1,850-3,000 m (Babbington 2016).

Threats

The juniper forests inhabited by this species are not regenerating and are being cleared for timber and fuel (Symes et al. 2016). The area is also being heavily disturbed by tourism activities and climate change is bringing warmer and drier weather (Symes et al. 2015, Babbington 2016).

Conservation actions

Conservation Actions Underway
No targeted conservation actions are known.

Conservation Actions Needed
Monitor the population and its habitat to better understand its population size and trends. Protect remaining areas of habitat within its range.

Acknowledgements

Text account compilers
Butchart, S., Ekstrom, J., Symes, A. & Wheatley, H.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2017) Species factsheet: Pica asirensis. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 17/10/2017. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2017) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 17/10/2017.