Rangeland degradation is poised to cause Africa's first recorded avian extinction

CN Spottiswoode, M Wondafrash, MN Gabremichael, YD Abebe, MAK Mwangi, NJ Collar, PM Dolman

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Rangeland degradation by livestock threatens several restricted-range species, but is largely overlooked by conservation biologists. The Sidamo lark Heteromirafra sidamoensis, confined to the Liben Plain grassland in southern Ethiopia, is critically endangered by bush encroachment, permanent settlement and agricultural conversion. Its global range was previously estimated at 760 km2, but in 2007-2008 available habitat covered
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-257
Number of pages9
JournalAnimal Conservation
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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