Riparia paludicola


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Riparia paludicola
Species Authority: (Vieillot, 1817)
Common Name(s):
English Plain Martin, Brown-throated Sand Martin, Brown-throated Martin, African Sand Martin
French Hirondelle paludicole

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 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.

Geographic Range [top]

Afghanistan; Angola (Angola); Bangladesh; Benin; Bhutan; Botswana; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Cambodia; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Chad; China; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; India; Kenya; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Lesotho; Madagascar; Malawi; Mali; Mauritania; Morocco; Mozambique; Myanmar; Namibia; Nepal; Niger; Nigeria; Pakistan; Philippines; Rwanda; Senegal; South Africa; South Sudan; Sudan; Swaziland; Taiwan, Province of China; Tajikistan; Tanzania, United Republic of; Thailand; Togo; Turkmenistan; Uganda; United Arab Emirates; Uzbekistan; Viet Nam; Zambia; Zimbabwe
Côte d'Ivoire; Egypt; Hong Kong; Iran, Islamic Republic of; Israel; Maldives; Oman; Saudi Arabia; Somalia
Range Map: Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is reported to be a common breeding bird in many parts of its range but sometimes only locally so. The species is reported to be common in Pakistan (Grimmett et al. 1997, Turner and Rose 1989).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Riparia paludicola. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 04 September 2015.
Disclaimer: To make use of this information, please check the <Terms of Use>.
Feedback: If you see any errors or have any questions or suggestions on what is shown on this page, please provide us with feedback so that we can correct or extend the information provided