Justification of Red List Category
This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified but is believed to be very large, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
A combined population estimate of 150,000-1,100,000 individuals was given for A. p. poecilorhyncha and A. p. haringtoni by Miyabayashi and Mundkhur (1999), prior to the recent taxonomic change.
The population is suspected to be decreasing at an unquantified rate, but the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion.
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Anas poecilorhyncha. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/indian-spot-billed-duck-anas-poecilorhyncha on 01/06/2023. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org on 01/06/2023.