The World Conservation Union (IUCN) has determined that eleven lark species now require special protection. The raso and Rudd's larks of the Cape Verde Islands are Critically Endangered, facing an extremely high risk of extinction; Ash's lark in Somalia and Botha's lark in South Africa are Endangered, facing a very high risk of extinction; and the red lark, Archer's lark, Degodi lark, and Sidamo bushlark are Vulnerable, facing a high risk of extinction. Sclater's lark, the latakoo, or melodius, lark, and Agulhas long-billed lark are Near Threatened, in danger of becoming threatened with extinction.
Many other lark species, but especially those with restricted ranges, small population sizes, or unprotected habitat, are having trouble maintaining their populations due to habitat loss and fragmentation, introduced predators, and illegal hunting.
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