Lanius minor


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Lanius minor
Species Authority: Gmelin, 1788
Common Name(s):
English Lesser Grey Shrike
French Pie-grièche à poitrine rose

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Butchart, S. & Symes, A.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Butchart, S., Ekstrom, J.
This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size is extremely large, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Afghanistan; Albania; Angola (Angola); Armenia (Armenia); Austria; Azerbaijan; Bahrain; Belarus; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Botswana; Bulgaria; Burundi; Chad; China; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Croatia; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Djibouti; Egypt; Eritrea; Estonia; Ethiopia; France; Gabon; Georgia; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Iran, Islamic Republic of; Iraq; Israel; Italy; Jordan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Kuwait; Kyrgyzstan; Latvia; Lebanon; Libya; Lithuania; Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of; Malawi; Mali; Malta; Moldova; Montenegro; Mozambique; Namibia; Oman; Poland; Qatar; Romania; Russian Federation; Rwanda; Saudi Arabia; Serbia (Serbia); Slovakia; Slovenia; Somalia; South Africa; South Sudan; Spain; Sudan; Swaziland; Switzerland; Syrian Arab Republic; Tajikistan; Tanzania, United Republic of; Turkey; Turkmenistan; Uganda; Ukraine; United Arab Emirates; Uzbekistan; Yemen; Zambia; Zimbabwe
Belgium; Cameroon; Comoros; Denmark; Faroe Islands; Finland; Ireland; Lesotho; Luxembourg; Mauritania; Netherlands; Niger; Nigeria; Norway; Pakistan; Portugal; Sao Tomé and Principe; Seychelles; Sweden; United Kingdom
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Population [top]

Population: In Europe, the breeding population is estimated to number 620,000-1,500,000 breeding pairs, equating to 1,860,000-4,500,000 individuals (BirdLife International 2004). Europe forms 50-74% of the global range, so a very preliminary estimate of the global population size is 2,510,000-9,000,000 individuals, although further validation of this estimate is needed.
For further information about this species, see 22705038_lanius_minor.pdf.
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Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Systems: Terrestrial

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Lanius minor. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 30 August 2015.
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