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Short-tailed Lark Spizocorys fremantlii



Taxonomy

Taxonomic note
Spizocorys fremantlii (del Hoyo and Collar 2016) was previously listed as Pseudalaemon fremantlii.

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.
Dowsett, R. J.; Forbes-Watson, A. D. 1993. Checklist of birds of the Afrotropical and Malagasy regions. Tauraco Press, Li
Sibley, C. G.; Monroe, B. L. 1990. Distribution and taxonomy of birds of the world. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.

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
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 nomadic Forest dependency does not normally occur in forest
Land-mass type Average mass -
Range

Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence (breeding/resident) 1,420,000 km2 medium
Severely fragmented? no -
Population
Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
Population size unknown - - -
Population trend stable - suspected -
Generation length 3.8 years - - -

Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as locally common and occasionally abundant in Somalia (del Hoyo et al. 2004).

Trend justification: The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.


Country/territory distribution
Country/Territory Presence Origin Resident Breeding visitor Non-breeding visitor Passage migrant
Ethiopia extant native
Kenya extant native
Somalia extant native
Tanzania extant native

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)
Country/Territory IBA Name
Ethiopia Lower Wabi Shebelle river and Warder
Ethiopia Yabello Sanctuary
Kenya Dida Galgalu desert
Somalia Daalo
Somalia Gacan Libaax
Somalia Lascaanod - Taleex - Ceel Chebet
Somalia Ceel Hammure
Somalia Xarardheere - Awale Rugno
Somalia Jasiira lagoon and Muqdisho islets
Tanzania Serengeti National Park
Tanzania Tarangire National Park
Tanzania Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Tanzania Longido Game Controlled Area

Habitats & altitude
Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Grassland Subtropical/Tropical Dry major resident
Savanna Dry major resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable resident
Altitude 0 - 1800 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Spizocorys fremantlii. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/short-tailed-lark-spizocorys-fremantlii on 11/12/2023.
Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org on 11/12/2023.