LC
Brown Firefinch Lagonosticta nitidula



Taxonomy

Taxonomic note

Taxonomic source(s)
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.
Sibley, C. G.; Monroe, B. L. 1990. Distribution and taxonomy of birds of the world. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.

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

Red List history
Year Category Criteria
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 Low
Land mass type Average mass 11 g
Distribution

Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 2,600,000 medium
Number of locations -
Severely Fragmented -
Population and trend
Value Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals unknown not applicable not applicable 0
Population trend Stable 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 - - -
Percentage in largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 4.3 - - -

Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is reported to be locally common (Fry and Keith 2004).

Trend justification: The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.


Country/territory distribution
Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Resident Breeding Non-breeding Passage
Angola N Extant Yes
Botswana N Extant Yes
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the N Extant Yes
Namibia N Extant Yes
Tanzania N Extant Yes
Zambia N Extant Yes
Zimbabwe N Extant Yes

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)
Country/Territory IBA Name
Angola Caconda
Angola Cameia National Park
Angola Mount Moco
Botswana Linyanti swamp/Chobe river
Botswana Okavango Delta
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Upemba National Park
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Kundelungu National Park
Namibia Eastern Caprivi wetlands
Namibia Mahango Game Reserve and Kavango river
Tanzania Umalila Mountains
Tanzania Loazi-Kalambo Forest Reserves and surrounding area
Zambia West Lunga National Park and Lukwakwa Game Management Area
Zambia Liuwa Plain National Park
Zambia Barotse Floodplains
Zambia Sioma Ngwezi National Park
Zambia Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park and Batoka Gorge
Zambia Kafue Flats
Zambia Kafue National Park
Zambia Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage
Zambia Imanda
Zambia Lukanga Swamp
Zambia Shiwa Ng'andu
Zambia Lavushi Manda National Park
Zambia Kasanka National Park
Zambia Bangweulu Swamps
Zambia Luapula Mouth
Zambia Mweru Wantipa National Park
Zambia Saise River

Habitats & altitude
Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland suitable resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Moist suitable resident
Wetlands (inland) Bogs, Marshes, Swamps, Fens, Peatlands suitable resident
Altitude 0 - 1800 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Species factsheet: Lagonosticta nitidula. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 16/10/2021. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2021) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 16/10/2021.