LC
Chestnut-headed Sparrow-lark Eremopterix signatus



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.
Dowsett, R. J.; Forbes-Watson, A. D. 1993. Checklist of birds of the Afrotropical and Malagasy regions. Tauraco Press, Li
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 Does not normally occur in forest
Land mass type Average mass 16 g
Extent of occurrence (EOO)

Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 1,630,000 medium
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) 3.8 - - -

Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as generally fairly common and can be locally abundant if conditions are favourable (del Hoyo et al. 2004).

Trend justification: The population is suspected to be increasing following the establishment of a small resident population in southern Kenya following irruptive movements in the 1970s (del Hoyo et al. 2004).


Country/territory distribution
Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Resident Breeding Non-breeding Passage
Ethiopia N Extant Yes
Israel V Extant Yes
Kenya N Extant Yes
Somalia N Extant Yes
South Sudan N Extant Yes
Sudan N Extant Yes

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)
Country/Territory IBA Name
Ethiopia Yangudi-Rassa National Park
Ethiopia Awash National Park
Ethiopia Babille Elephant Sanctuary
Ethiopia Abijatta - Shalla Lakes National Park
Ethiopia Genale river
Ethiopia Lower Wabi Shebelle river and Warder
Ethiopia Lake Chew Bahir
Kenya Tana River Delta
Kenya Lower Tana River Forests
Kenya Tsavo East National Park
Kenya Dida Galgalu desert
Kenya Lake Turkana
Kenya Meru National Park
Kenya Samburu and Buffalo Springs National Reserves
Kenya Shaba National Reserve
South Sudan Kidepo
Somalia Gacan Libaax
Somalia Lascaanod - Taleex - Ceel Chebet
Somalia Buulobarde
Somalia Xawaadley reservoir
Somalia Jowhar - Warshiikh
Somalia Balcad Nature Reserve
Somalia Jasiira lagoon and Muqdisho islets
Somalia Far Waamo
Ethiopia Eastern Hararghe (Harar-Wabi Shebelle)

Habitats & altitude
Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Desert Hot suitable resident
Grassland Subtropical/Tropical Dry major resident
Savanna Dry major resident
Altitude 0 - 1500 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Species factsheet: Eremopterix signatus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/11/2020. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2020) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/11/2020.