A global threats overview for Numeniini populations: synthesising expert knowledge for a group of declining migratory birds

Pearce-Higgins, James W. , Brown, Daniel J. , Douglas, David J. T. , Alves, Jose A. , Bellio, Mariagrazia, Bocher, Pierrick, Buchanan, Graeme M. , Clay, Rob P. , Conklin, Jesse, Crockford, Nicola, Dann, Peter, Elts, Jaanus, Friis, Christian, Fuller, Richard A. , Gill, Jennifer A. , Gosbell, Ken, Johnson, James A. , Marquez-Ferrando, Rocio, Masero, Jose A. , Melville, David S. , Millington, Spike, Minton, Clive, Mundkur, Taej, Nol, Erica, Pehlak, Hannes, Piersma, Theunis, Robin, Frederic, Rogers, Danny I. , Ruthrauff, Daniel R. , Senner, Nathan R. , Shah, Junid N. , Sheldon, Rob D. , Soloviev, Sergej A., Tomkovich, Pavel S. and Verkuil, Yvonne I. (2017) A global threats overview for Numeniini populations: synthesising expert knowledge for a group of declining migratory birds. Bird Conservation International, 27 1: 6-34. doi:10.1017/S0959270916000678


Author Pearce-Higgins, James W.
Brown, Daniel J.
Douglas, David J. T.
Alves, Jose A.
Bellio, Mariagrazia
Bocher, Pierrick
Buchanan, Graeme M.
Clay, Rob P.
Conklin, Jesse
Crockford, Nicola
Dann, Peter
Elts, Jaanus
Friis, Christian
Fuller, Richard A.
Gill, Jennifer A.
Gosbell, Ken
Johnson, James A.
Marquez-Ferrando, Rocio
Masero, Jose A.
Melville, David S.
Millington, Spike
Minton, Clive
Mundkur, Taej
Nol, Erica
Pehlak, Hannes
Piersma, Theunis
Robin, Frederic
Rogers, Danny I.
Ruthrauff, Daniel R.
Senner, Nathan R.
Shah, Junid N.
Sheldon, Rob D.
Soloviev, Sergej A.
Tomkovich, Pavel S.
Verkuil, Yvonne I.
Title A global threats overview for Numeniini populations: synthesising expert knowledge for a group of declining migratory birds
Journal name Bird Conservation International   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1474-0001
0959-2709
Publication date 2017-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S0959270916000678
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 27
Issue 1
Start page 6
End page 34
Total pages 29
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Collection year 2018
Language eng
Abstract The Numeniini is a tribe of 13 wader species (Scolopacidae, Charadriiformes) of which seven are Near Threatened or globally threatened, including two Critically Endangered. To help inform conservation management and policy responses, we present the results of an expert assessment of the threats that members of this taxonomic group face across migratory flyways. Most threats are increasing in intensity, particularly in non-breeding areas, where habitat loss resulting from residential and commercial development, aquaculture, mining, transport, disturbance, problematic invasive species, pollution and climate change were regarded as having the greatest detrimental impact. Fewer threats (mining, disturbance, problematic native species and climate change) were identified as widely affecting breeding areas. Numeniini populations face the greatest number of non-breeding threats in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, especially those associated with coastal reclamation; related threats were also identified across the Central and Atlantic Americas, and East Atlantic flyways. Threats on the breeding grounds were greatest in Central and Atlantic Americas, East Atlantic and West Asian flyways. Three priority actions were associated with monitoring and research: to monitor breeding population trends (which for species breeding in remote areas may best be achieved through surveys at key non-breeding sites), to deploy tracking technologies to identify migratory connectivity, and to monitor land-cover change across breeding and non-breeding areas. Two priority actions were focused on conservation and policy responses: to identify and effectively protect key non-breeding sites across all flyways (particularly in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway), and to implement successful conservation interventions at a sufficient scale across human-dominated landscapes for species' recovery to be achieved. If implemented urgently, these measures in combination have the potential to alter the current population declines of many Numeniini species and provide a template for the conservation of other groups of threatened species.
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