LC
Iraq Babbler Argya altirostris



Taxonomy

Taxonomic note

Argya altirostris (del Hoyo and Collar 2016) was previously listed as Turdoides altirostris.

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#.
Cramp, S. and Simmons, K.E.L. (eds). 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
2018 Least Concern
2016 Least Concern
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Near Threatened
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 33 g
Distribution

Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 369,000
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 Decreasing 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) 8.8 - - -

Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as locally common; common in Basra and Baghdad provinces of Iraq (del Hoyo et al. 2007). The European population is estimated at 50-100 pairs, which equates to 100-200 mature individuals (BirdLife International 2015).

Trend justification: The population is suspected to be in decline due to the loss of marsh habitat as a result of flood-control, drainage and irrigation projects, and owing to increasing human settlement of the area. The tiny European population is estimated to be increasing (BirdLife International 2015).


Country/territory distribution
Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Resident Breeding Non-breeding Passage
Iran, Islamic Republic of N Extant Yes
Iraq N Extant Yes
Syria N Extant Yes
Turkey N Extant Yes

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)
Country/Territory IBA Name
Iraq Abu Habba
Iraq Al Jadriyah and Umm Al Khanazeer island
Iraq Habbaniya Lake
Iraq Sinnaf Seasonal Wetlands
Iraq Hawizeh
Iraq Central Marshes
Iraq Haur Al Hammar
Iran, Islamic Republic of Dez river marshes and plains
Iran, Islamic Republic of Hamidieh (Omidiyeh) plains
Iraq Samara Wetlands
Iraq Khawr Abdallah
Iraq Dalmaj Marsh
Syria Sabkhat al-Jabboul
Iraq Auda Marsh
Iraq Razzaza Lake
Iraq Khor Az-Zubayr
Iraq Altun Kopri Marsh
Iraq Tharthar Lake and Al-Dhebaeji Fields
Iraq Hindiya Barrage
Iraq Ibn Najm
Iraq Mahzam and Al-Alam Area
Iraq Gharraf River
Iraq East Hammar
Iraq West Hammar
Iraq Haditha Wetlands and Baghdadi
Iraq Fao
Iraq North Ibn Najm
Iraq Chamchamal
Iraq Taq Taq

Habitats & altitude
Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable Land suitable resident
Artificial/Terrestrial Plantations suitable resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable resident
Wetlands (inland) Bogs, Marshes, Swamps, Fens, Peatlands suitable resident
Altitude   Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Species factsheet: Argya altirostris. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 09/12/2022. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2022) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 09/12/2022.