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Sinaloa Martin Progne sinaloae

Emerson D. Fang and Thomas S. Schulenberg
Version: 1.0 — Published May 7, 2010


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There are no known conservation measures underway for this species (BirdLife International 2009). The Sinaloa Martin is so poorly known that its conservation status is rated as Data Deficient.

The Sinaloa Martin is very local in occurrence, and its relative abundance usually is assessed as rare (Russell and Monson 1998) or uncommon to fairly common but local (Howell and Webb 1995). As documented by Lethaby and King (2010), however, there are very few recent records of Sinaloa Martin, despite the increased rate of visitation to its breeding range in the past few decades by birders and field ornithologists. Furthermore, the only recent reports of breeding are of colonies that are much smaller than the size of colonies reported early in the 20th century (2-6 individuals, vs earlier reports of colonies with up to 30 individuals). Lethaby and King (2010) conclude their review with a plea for surveys of this species from throughout its range, "to locate extant populations, to enable the species' population trend, biology and habitat requirements to be studied with a view to identifying appropriate conservation measures."

Effects of human activity on populations

As noted by Russell and Monson (1998), because the Sinaloa Martin is both rare and local, it is "vulnerable to abrupt population declines due to habitat change." Lethaby and King (2010) raise the possibility that this cavity nesting species has declined due to the loss of nesting trees, following logging in the montane forests of western Mexico. They tentatively conclude that logging is unlikely to be "the sole reason for the species' apparent rarity," but the Sinaloa Martin is so poorly known that the possibility can not be discounted completely.

Recommended Citation

Fang, E. D. and T. S. Schulenberg (2010). Sinaloa Martin (Progne sinaloae), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.sinmar1.01