Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus

Family: Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles)

Authority: (Gmelin, 1770)

Red List Category

Criteria: A2cde+3cde+4cde

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Justification of Red List category
This species was previously thought to be undergoing a steep population decline in Europe, but more recently the European trend was re-assessed as stable. Trends are uncertain across the core of the breeding range in central Asia, however habitat loss and degradation is suspected to be causing slow, significant declines. The partly nomadic nature of the species and its fluctuating numbers make assessment of the overall trend problematic, but a moderately rapid decline continues to be suspected on a precautionary basis until better data are available from across the range, and consequently it remains categorised as Near Threatened.

Population size: 18000-30000

Population trend: Decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 10,900,000 km2

Country endemic: No

Land-mass type - continent
Realm - Afrotropical
Realm - Indomalayan
Realm - Palearctic
IUCN Ecosystem -- Freshwater biome
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome
Raptors MOU

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Circus macrourus. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/pallid-harrier-circus-macrourus on 02/06/2023. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org on 02/06/2023.