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Vietnamese Greenfinch Chloris monguilloti



Justification

Justification of Red List Category
This species has been downlisted to Least Concern as current evidence suggests that the species’s population may be increasing as the effective area, extent and/or quality of habitat increases due to expansion of scrub and pine forest following deforestation and fires.

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as locally common (Clement 1999).

Trend justification
Current evidence suggests that the species’s population may be increasing as the effective area, extent and/or quality of habitat increases, as a result of deforestation, which leads to increases in the area of scrub and Khasi pine Pinus kesiya forest, the growth of which is stimulated by fire (BirdLife International 2001, del Hoyo et al. 2010).

Distribution and population

Carduelis monguilloti is endemic to the Da Lat plateau of south Annam, Vietnam, where it is locally common. The area of suitable habitat for this species is actually thought to be increasing as a result of deforestation, which leads to increases in the area of scrub and Khasi pine Pinus kesiya forest, the growth of which is stimulated by fire (BirdLife International 2001, del Hoyo et al. 2010).

Ecology

It occurs in open pine forest, including Pinus kesiya forest, secondary growth, and forest edges near to cultivation from 1,050-1,900 m, although it has been reporteed as low as 600 m (S. Mahood in litt. 2012). As well as feeding on seeds from Pinus trees it has been seen flycatching recently hatched termites.

Threats

Much of the Da Lat plateau is being deforested through clearance for shifting agriculture, charcoal production and logging. However, this species is suspecting to be benefiting from the increase in Pinus kesiya pine forest (as its growth is stimulated by fire clearance) and is therefore perhaps secure. Most pine forest is nevertheless allocated to production forest where logging is permitted and the potential for rapid clearance of this habitat remains.

Conservation actions

Conservation Actions Underway
None is known.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Identify and monitor emerging threats to the species and its habitat. Protect areas of suitable pine forest and safeguard from clearance and degradation. Work with managers of production forests to ensure practices that benefit the species.

Acknowledgements

Text account compilers
Benstead, P., Derhé, M., Bird, J.

Contributors
Craik, R., Mahood, S., Pilgrim, J.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Species factsheet: Chloris monguilloti. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/04/2019. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2019) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/04/2019.