Pale Rock Martin Ptyonoprogne obsoleta


Taxonomic note
Ptyonoprogne obsoleta (del Hoyo and Collar 2016) was previously listed as Hirundo obsoleta.

Taxonomic source(s)
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
- - -

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 full migrant Forest dependency Does not normally occur in forest
Land mass type Average mass -
Extent of occurrence (EOO)

Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 22,100,000
Extent of Occurrence non-breeding (km2) 19,800,000
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 Increasing estimated -
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 - - -

Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is reported to be very common in Jordan, common in Egypt and scarce in Pakistan (Snow and Perrins 1998, Grimmett et al. 1998).

Trend justification: The population is estimated to be increasing following recorded range expansions (del Hoyo et al. 2004).

Country/territory distribution
Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Resident Breeding Non-breeding Passage
Afghanistan U Extant
Algeria N Extant
Chad N Extant
Egypt N Extant
Eritrea N Extant
India N Extant
Iran, Islamic Republic of N Extant Yes
Iraq N Extant Yes
Israel N Extant Yes
Jordan N Extant Yes
Kuwait V Extant Yes
Libya N Extant
Mauritania N Extant
Morocco N Extant
Niger N Extant
Oman N Extant Yes
Pakistan N Extant
Palestinian Authority Territories N Extant Yes
Qatar N Extant Yes
Saudi Arabia N Extant Yes
Somalia N Extant
Sri Lanka V Extant Yes
Sudan N Extant Yes
Tunisia N Extant
United Arab Emirates N Extant Yes
Western Sahara N Extant
Yemen N Extant Yes

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)
Country/Territory IBA Name
Algeria Djebel Aissa
Algeria Béni Abbès
Algeria Parc National du Tassili N'Ajjer
Algeria Parc National de l'Ahaggar
Egypt Nabq Protected Area
Egypt Gebel Elba
Egypt The Abraq area
Egypt St Katherine Protectorate
Egypt Gebel Maghara
Egypt Quseima
Egypt Wadi Gerafi
Egypt Ain Sukhna
Eritrea Massawa coast
Libya Zallaf
Libya Ghat oases
Morocco Jbel Krouz
Morocco Dakhla area
Mauritania Tamreïkat
Mauritania Chegga
Mauritania El Mréiti
Mauritania Kediet ej Jill
Mauritania El Ghallâouîya
Mauritania Banc d'Arguin National Park
Mauritania Ibi (Graret el Frass)
Mauritania Arâguîb el Jahfa
Mauritania Wagchogda
Mauritania Tinigart
Mauritania Wad Initi
Niger NNR Aïr - Ténéré
Sudan Wadi Halfa
Sudan Khor Arba'at
Chad Tibesti massif
United Arab Emirates Masafi - Tayibah area
Israel Judean desert
Iran, Islamic Republic of Bahu Kalat (Gandu) Protected Area
Iran, Islamic Republic of Kavir region
Iran, Islamic Republic of Hamoun-i Sabari and Hamoun-i Hirmand
Iran, Islamic Republic of Geno
Jordan Dana
Yemen Wadi Jahr
Yemen Ma'rib - Naqil Fardah - Baraqish
Palestinian Authority Territories Jerusalem wilderness
Jordan Hisma Basin - Rum
Iran, Islamic Republic of Touran
Iran, Islamic Republic of Ilam area
Iran, Islamic Republic of Arjan Protected Area
Iran, Islamic Republic of Hormod Protected Area
Iran, Islamic Republic of Khabr-va-Rouchoon Wildlife Refuge
Iran, Islamic Republic of Kuh-i Bazman
Iran, Islamic Republic of Monde Protected Area
Iran, Islamic Republic of Chahbahar Bay and Khor Konarak
United Arab Emirates Al Marmoom Desert
Yemen Jabal al-Nabi Shu'ayb
Yemen Mafraq al-Mukha
Yemen The wooded Mahra
Yemen Wadi Hajar
Yemen Wadi al-Birayn
Yemen Jabal Iraf
Afghanistan Registan desert
Iraq Jazman (Zurbatia)

Habitats & altitude
Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Urban Areas suitable breeding
Artificial/Terrestrial Urban Areas suitable non-breeding
Desert Hot suitable breeding
Desert Hot suitable non-breeding
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) major breeding
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) major non-breeding
Wetlands (inland) Bogs, Marshes, Swamps, Fens, Peatlands suitable breeding
Wetlands (inland) Bogs, Marshes, Swamps, Fens, Peatlands suitable non-breeding
Wetlands (inland) Permanent Freshwater Lakes (over 8ha) suitable breeding
Wetlands (inland) Permanent Freshwater Lakes (over 8ha) suitable non-breeding
Altitude 0 - 3600 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Species factsheet: Ptyonoprogne obsoleta. Downloaded from on 25/09/2020. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2020) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 25/09/2020.