St Helena Plover Charadrius sanctaehelenae

Family: Charadriidae (Plovers)

Authority: (Harting, 1873)

Red List Category

Criteria: D1

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Justification of Red List category

This species was classified as Critically Endangered because until very recently its population was extremely small and declining owing to land-use change (particularly a decrease in grazing pressure) and predation by invasive predators. Since 2005 surveys have shown a stable or increasing population, which has remained higher than 250 mature individuals since at least 2007 owing to successful management. Consequently this species has now been downlisted to Vulnerable. Given uncertainty over the impacts of the new airport, the status of this species should continue to be monitored closely.

Population size: 560

Population trend: Increasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 70 km2

Country endemic: Yes

Land-mass type - oceanic island
Realm - Afrotropical
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Species factsheet: Charadrius sanctaehelenae. Downloaded from on 28/09/2021. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2021) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 28/09/2021.