Extinct, Endangered or just Over-Looked? Distribution and population size of Hottentot Buttonquail
What is it about?
We provide modelled distribution, and use the modelling to identify variables limiting the species range. We then use the modelled range and an estimate of density to calculate a population estimate.
Why is it important?
We can come up with wildly inaccurate or pessimistic scenarios if we don't have enough information on a species: in this case was it nearly extinct or actually really abundant? This information is required if we are to manage a species, and this is really important for endemic or range restricted species. But for rare and skulking species this information is hard to come by. Ultimately, in the case of the Hottentot Buttonquail, a fynbos endemic and one of the most rarely reported species for Southern Africa's Bird Atlas Project, we found that the population is 'okay' - certainly more than 250 individuals, but certainly not the most common bird in the fynbos by a long shot. However, it does prefer the habitat that is flat and most accessible: so has likely undergone large population declines and is still under threat from further habitat loss.
The following have contributed to this page: Dr Alan Tristram Kenneth Lee
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