Emberiza koslowi


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Emberiza koslowi
Species Authority: Bianchi, 1904
Common Name(s):
English Tibetan Bunting

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Butchart, S. & Symes, A.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Benstead, P., Bird, J., Taylor, J.
This poorly known species is thought to have a moderately small population. There are no known threats at present but further research is required to calculate its range size and assess potential threats within it. At present the species is considered Near Threatened.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Emberiza koslowi is restricted to the eastern part of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, in eastern Tibet and southern Qinghai, China, where several large valleys cut into the plateau, including those of the Tongtian river (the upper reaches of the Chang Jiang or Yangtze), the Lancang Jiang (the upper Mekong) and the Nu Jiang (the upper Salween). It is known by just a few scattered records in this inaccessible and poorly known area, but it appears to be genuinely rather scarce and localised.

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Population [top]

Population: The species is very rare, with a population suspected to number 10,000-19,999 individuals, probably including c.6,000-15,000 mature individuals. The figure requires clarification and may be an overestimate.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It inhabits barren areas, juniper and rhododendron scrub on valley slopes above the treeline at c.3,600-4,600 m. It rather unusually builds a domed nest and appears to breed late, with young hatching in mid-July (Thewlis and Martins 2000).

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It does not appear to be immediately threatened by habitat loss.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
None are known.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Survey for the species in and around its restricted known range. Research its habitat requirements and assess the potential threats.

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Emberiza koslowi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 03 September 2015.
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