Ethiopian lark in danger

Sidamo lark

From Wildlife Extra:

Detailed study predicts Africa’s first bird extinction looming

31/03/2009 17:57:33

March 2009. The Sidamo lark, confined to the Liben Plain grassland in southern Ethiopia, is critically endangered by bush encroachment, permanent settlement and agricultural conversion.

Its global range was previously estimated at 760 kms2, but in 2007-2008 available habitat covered just 35 kms2. Density estimates provided a global population estimate of 90-256 adults (possibly with a serious sex-ratio bias towards males).

See also here.

Liben Lark with a population of possibly fewer than 100 birds, is widely tipped to become mainland Africa’s first recorded bird extinction, unless urgent action is taken to prevent its demise from the only area it now inhabits: a single grassy plain in southern Ethiopia: here.

Ethiopian surveys find high densities of Prince Ruspoli’s Turaco but highlight threats: here.

1 thought on “Ethiopian lark in danger

  1. Ethiopia to join AEWA and CMS – Ethiopia will become the 63rd Party to the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), and the 113th Party to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CSM) early next year. Ethiopia has a total of 69 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) and is a range state for many AEWA species including Corncrake Crex crex, Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca, Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor and White-winged Flufftail Sarothrura ayresii.


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