Lesser Florican Sypheotides indicus

Family: Otididae (Bustards)

Authority: (Miller, 1782)

Red List Category

Criteria: A2bcd+3bcd+4bcd

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Justification of Red List category
This species now qualifies as Critically Endangered because repeated population surveys across the range show an extremely rapid reduction in the number of mature individuals (specifically displaying males) over the past three generations at a rate that appears to be accelerating. It has already been lost from large areas of its range due to the loss of grassland habitat and is now restricted to few, widely separated breeding regions. The species appears to be in imminent danger of becoming extinct in Madyha Pradesh and only very few are breeding in Maharashtra, leaving only two states with populations larger than a hundred mature individuals. The total population size is now thought to be fewer than 1,000 mature individuals, down from over 3,500 in twenty years.

Population size: 356-1228, 730 mature individuals

Population trend: decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 520,000 km2

Country endemic: no

Land-mass type - continent
Realm - Indomalayan
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Species factsheet: Sypheotides indicus. Downloaded from on 22/02/2024.
Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2024) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 22/02/2024.