Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator

Family: Laniidae (Shrikes)

Authority: Linnaeus, 1758

Red List Category

Criteria: A2bcde+3bcde+4bcde

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Justification of Red List category

This species has been declining for many decades and continues to face considerable threats due to habitat degradation from agricultural intensification and afforestation, fires, long-term climatic factors and potentially hunting. Monitoring of the European population estimates the recent rate of this reduction at around 25% over 10 years, a rate that approaches the threatened threshold. With the majority of the global population breeding in Europe, it is inferred that this moderately rapid rate of decline is affecting the whole population. As such, Woodchat Shrike is assessed as Near Threatened.

Population size: 5940000-9610000 mature individuals

Population trend: decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 12,000,000 km2

Country endemic: no

Realm - Afrotropical
Realm - Palearctic
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Lanius senator. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/woodchat-shrike-lanius-senator on 04/12/2023.
Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org on 04/12/2023.