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The IUCN Red List 2016

Rocio Moreno, December 27, 2016

Dear all,

The IUCN Red List 2016 was published on the 8th of December

During the last 7 months, 450 reviewers have been involved in the reassessment of the conservation status of seabirds. As part of this process, 113 threatened or Near Threatened species have been reviewed in detail and fact-sheets updated.

MacGillivray’s Prion (Pachyptila macgillivrayi) has been recognized as a separate species and assessed as Endangered

The following 5 species have changed their status:

*Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua): downlisted from Near Threatened to Least Concern

*Adélie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae): downlisted from Near Threatened to Least Concern

*Damara Tern (Sternula balaenarum): uplisted from Near Threatened to Vulnerable

*Flesh-footed Shearwater (Ardenna carneipes): uplist from Least Concern to Near Threatened

*Leach’s Storm-petrel (Hydrobates leucorhous): uplisted from Least Concern to Vulnerable

We are extremely grateful to everyone who helped with this task.

During the first quarter of 2017 we expect to update information on 53 additional species (the reviewers for these species are already aware). In addition, discussion forums remain open for Shy Albatross, Amsterdam Albatross, Aleutian Tern and Black-legged Kittiwake and the Little Shearwater/Audubon's Shearwater complex, and a number of species have been identified as candidates for new forum topics in 2017.

Many thanks and best wishes,

Rocio Moreno, RSPB Marine Technical Officer (

Andy Symes, Global Species Officer (BirdLife International)