Family: Sturnidae (Starlings)
Authority: (Horsfield, 1821)
Red List Category
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Justification of Red List categoryAcridotheres tricolor
has been reduced to very low numbers as a result of exploitation for the bird trade (Collar et al.
2012, Eaton et al.
2015, Shepherd et al.
2015). The paucity of records in the field and the increasing rarity of individuals in the cage-bird trade suggest that is suffering an ongoing population decline, to the point where the population is now believed to number fewer than 250 mature individuals. As such, this species qualifies as Critically Endangered, and urgent conservation action is required to halt its unsustainable exploitation for trade.
Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident):