Basra Reed-warbler Acrocephalus griseldis

Family: Acrocephalidae (Reed-warblers)

Authority: (Hartlaub, 1891)

Red List Category

Criteria: A3c

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Justification of Red List category
This species was estimated to have undergone a very rapid decline in the past owing to systematic drainage of the southern marshes of Iraq, its main breeding habitat. The population is suspected to have stabilised, but current water management has led to a decrease in its breeding habitat again, in combination with a series of recent droughts; and, additionally, there is uncertainty over future water management (such as the building of dams) projects and the impact of climate change. As such, the population may very rapidly go into decline in the future again. Therefore, this species is listed as Endangered.

Population size: 1500-7000 mature individuals

Population trend: stable

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 682,000 km2

Country endemic: no

Land-mass type - continent
Realm - Afrotropical
Realm - Palearctic
IUCN Ecosystem -- Freshwater biome
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome
AEMLAP  2014

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Acrocephalus griseldis. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/basra-reed-warbler-acrocephalus-griseldis on 01/12/2023.
Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org on 01/12/2023.