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Desert Finch Rhodospiza obsoleta



Taxonomy

Taxonomic note
Rhodospiza obsoleta (del Hoyo and Collar 2016) was previously placed in the genus Rhodopechys and listed as Rhodopechys obsoletus following AERC TAC (2003); Cramp et al. (1977-1994); Sibley & Monroe (1990, 1993).

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#.
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 Perrins, C.M. 1977-1994. Handbook of the birds of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The birds of the western Palearctic. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Cramp, S.; Perrins, C. M. 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
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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 26 g
Extent of occurrence (EOO)

Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 11,100,000 medium
Extent of Occurrence non-breeding (km2) 4,340,000 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 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 - - -
Largest subpopulations - - -
Generation length (yrs) 4.3 - - -

Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified. In Europe, the breeding population is estimated to number 3,000-6,000 breeding pairs, equating to 6,000-12,000 mature individuals (BirdLife International 2015), but Europe forms <5% of the global range.

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
Afghanistan N Extant Yes
China (mainland) N Extant Yes
Egypt N Extant Yes
Iran, Islamic Republic of N Extant Yes
Iraq N Extant Yes
Israel N Extant Yes
Jordan N Extant Yes
Kazakhstan N Extant Yes
Kuwait V Extant Yes
Kyrgyzstan N Extant Yes
Lebanon N Extant Yes
Libya V Extant Yes
Pakistan N Extant Yes
Palestinian Authority Territories N Extant Yes
Qatar V Extant
Saudi Arabia N Extant Yes
Syria N Extant Yes
Tajikistan N Extant Yes
Turkey N Extant Yes
Turkmenistan N Extant Yes
Uzbekistan N Extant Yes

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)
Country/Territory IBA Name
Iran, Islamic Republic of Golestan
Iran, Islamic Republic of Touran
Iran, Islamic Republic of Hari Rud valley near Sarrakhs
Iran, Islamic Republic of Oshtrankuh Protected Area
Iran, Islamic Republic of Hamidieh (Omidiyeh) plains
Iran, Islamic Republic of Arjan Protected Area
Iran, Islamic Republic of Lake Maharlu
Iran, Islamic Republic of Lake Bakhtegan, Lake Tashk and Kamjan marshes
Jordan Dana
Uzbekistan Mount Aktau
Kazakhstan Zhusandala
Kazakhstan Ili River Delta
Kazakhstan Arys-Karaktau State Reserved Zone
Kazakhstan Altyn-Emel National Park
Uzbekistan Aksay Lake and surrounding desert
Uzbekistan Arnasay Lake System
Uzbekistan Rogatoe Lake
Uzbekistan Vardanzi
Uzbekistan Sudochye Lake
Uzbekistan Bukantau Mountain Range
Uzbekistan Karnabchul Steppe
Uzbekistan Karakyr Lakes
Uzbekistan Dzheiran Ecocentre
Turkmenistan Gurykhovudan
Turkmenistan Repetek
Uzbekistan Kagan Fish Farm
Tajikistan Kayrakkum Reservoir
Tajikistan Tigrovaya Balka Nature Reserve
Kazakhstan Topar Lake System
Uzbekistan Buzaubay
Turkmenistan Kurendag - Garagoz
Turkmenistan South Cheleken Bay
Turkmenistan Uly Balkan
Turkmenistan Garadegish
Kazakhstan Kapchagay Canyon
Uzbekistan Kattakurgan Reservoir
Uzbekistan Northern part of the Assake-Audan depression
Turkmenistan Garachop
Turkmenistan Garabil
Turkmenistan Delili - Garajabatyr
Turkmenistan Mergen
Turkmenistan Muskinata
Turkmenistan Saryyazy
Turkmenistan Tejen
Turkmenistan Chokrak-Tutly
Uzbekistan Northern shore of Aydarkul Lake
Turkey Southern Euphrates Valley and Birecik Plains
Kazakhstan Shoshkakol Lakes
Uzbekistan Akpetky lakes and surrounding Aralkum Desert
Uzbekistan Ayakaghytma lake and surrounding desert
Iraq Jazman (Zurbatia)
Iraq Teeb Oasis and Zubaidaat
Kazakhstan Donyz-Tau cliff faces
Kazakhstan Karagie Depression
Turkmenistan Badhyz

Habitats & altitude
Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable Land suitable resident
Grassland Subtropical/Tropical Dry major resident
Altitude   Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Species factsheet: Rhodospiza obsoleta. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 31/10/2020. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2020) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 31/10/2020.