Oenanthe lugens


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Oenanthe lugens
Species Authority: (Lichtenstein, 1823)
Common Name(s):
English Mourning Wheatear
French Traquet deuil
Taxonomic Notes: Oenanthe lugens and O. lugubris (Sibley and Monroe 1990, 1993) have been lumped into O. lugens following Dowsett and Forbes-Watson (1993).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2013-11-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Butchart, S.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Ekstrom, J., Butchart, S.
This species has a very 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). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to 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.
2012 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Algeria; Bahrain; Egypt; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Iran, Islamic Republic of; Iraq; Israel; Jordan; Kenya; Kuwait; Lebanon; Libya; Morocco; Palestinian Territory, Occupied; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Somalia; Sudan; Syrian Arab Republic; Tanzania, United Republic of; Tunisia; United Arab Emirates
Cyprus; Mauritania; Niger; Oman; Turkey; Yemen
Present - origin uncertain:
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Population [top]

Population: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as generally locally common to abundant in north Africa, although scarce in Morocco and Tunisia and common in Israel and north-eastern and eastern Africa (del Hoyo et al. 2005).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Systems: Terrestrial

Citation: BirdLife International 2013. Oenanthe lugens. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 29 March 2015.
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