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Journal of Ornithology

, Volume 147, Issue 4, pp 653–655 | Cite as

Subspecies Cantabrian capercaillie Tetrao urogallus cantabricus endangered according to IUCN criteria

  • Ilse StorchEmail author
  • María José Bañuelos
  • Alberto Fernández-Gil
  • José Ramón Obeso
  • Mario Quevedo
  • Rolando Rodríguez-Muñoz
Short Note

Abstract

The Cantabrian capercaillie Tetrao urogallus cantabricus, a subspecies of the western capercaillie, is endemic to the Cantabrian Mountains of northwest Spain. The range is separated from its nearest neighbouring capercaillie population by a distance of more than 300 km. High genetic differentiation compared to capercaillie elsewhere qualifies the subspecies as an Evolutionarily Significant Unit. An assessment according to the IUCN Red List categories and criteria showed that the subspecies qualifies as Endangered due to rapid population declines, small population size, and severely fragmented range. The implementation of a range-wide recovery plan is vital for the survival of this subspecies.

Keywords

Assessment Conservation status Cantabrian Mountains Evolutionarily Significant Unit IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 

Notes

Acknowledgment

We thank Stuart Burchart of BirdLife International for encouraging assessment of subspecies against IUCN criteria, and for revising and confirming our assessment of the Cantabrian capercaillie.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ilse Storch
    • 1
    Email author
  • María José Bañuelos
    • 2
  • Alberto Fernández-Gil
    • 4
  • José Ramón Obeso
    • 2
  • Mario Quevedo
    • 2
  • Rolando Rodríguez-Muñoz
    • 3
  1. 1.WPA/BirdLife/IUCN/SSC Grouse Specialist Group, Department of Wildlife Ecology and ManagementUniversity of FreiburgFreiburgGermany
  2. 2.Ecology Unit, Department of B.O.S.University of OviedoOviedoSpain
  3. 3.Centre for Ecology and ConservationUniversity of Exeter in CornwallPenrynUK
  4. 4.Estación Biológica de Doñana (CSIC), Ecology Unit, Department of B.O.S.University of OviedoOviedoSpain

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