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Stierling's Woodpecker Dendropicos stierlingi



Taxonomy

Taxonomic source(s)
del Hoyo, J., Collar, N.J., Christie, D.A., Elliott, A. and Fishpool, L.D.C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Lynx Edicions BirdLife International, Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge, UK.
del Hoyo, J.; Collar, N. J.; Christie, D. A.; Elliott, A.; Fishpool, L. D. C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International.

IUCN Red List criteria met and history
Red List criteria met
Critically Endangered Endangered Vulnerable
- - -

Red List history
Year Category Criteria
2016 Near Threatened A4c
2012 Near Threatened A4c
2008 Near Threatened A4c
2004 Near Threatened
2002 Lower Risk/Near Threatened
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Near Threatened
1988 Near Threatened
Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency does not normally occur in forest
Land-mass type continent
Average mass 28 g
Range

Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence (breeding/resident) 379,000 km2 medium
Severely fragmented? no -
Population
Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
Population size unknown - - -
Population trend stable - suspected 2010-2023
Rate of change over the past & future 10 years/3 generations (longer of the two periods) 20-29% - - -
Generation length 4.2 years - - -
Percentage of mature individuals in largest subpopulation 100% - - -

Population justification: The population size of this species has not been quantified; it is considered common.

Trend justification: The population is suspected to be undergoing a moderately rapid population decline owing to the clearance of its principal habitat for firewood.


Country/territory distribution
Country/Territory Presence Origin Resident Breeding visitor Non-breeding visitor Passage migrant
Malawi extant native yes
Mozambique extant native yes
Tanzania extant native yes
Zambia extant uncertain yes

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)
Country/Territory IBA Name
Malawi Dzalanyama Forest Reserve
Malawi Namizimu Forest Reserve
Malawi Mangochi Mountain Forest Reserve
Malawi Liwonde Hills Forest Reserve
Mozambique Mount Namuli
Mozambique Furancungo woodlands
Mozambique Njesi plateau
Tanzania Katavi National Park
Tanzania Selous Game Reserve
Tanzania Kilombero Valley

Habitats & altitude
Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Savanna Dry major resident
Altitude 0 - 1500 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Threats & impact
Threat (level 1) Threat (level 2) Impact and Stresses
Biological resource use Hunting & trapping terrestrial animals - Intentional use (species is the target) Timing Scope Severity Impact
Ongoing Minority (<50%) Negligible declines Low Impact: 4
Stresses
Species mortality
Biological resource use Logging & wood harvesting - Unintentional effects: (subsistence/small scale) [harvest] Timing Scope Severity Impact
Ongoing Majority (50-90%) Slow, Significant Declines Medium Impact: 6
Stresses
Ecosystem degradation, Ecosystem conversion

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Species factsheet: Dendropicos stierlingi. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/stierlings-woodpecker-dendropicos-stierlingi on 05/03/2024.
Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2024) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org on 05/03/2024.