(Cyanecula svecica)


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The Bluethroat is rare in Canada, with sightings restricted to Northern Yukon, between the British Mountains and the coast of the Beaufort Sea. Breeding was only confirmed in 2003 in Ivvavik National Park, Yukon (Eckert and Mactavish 2004). Because of its rarity and the remote nature of its restricted range, the population size and trend for the Bluethroat in Canada are unknown. This uncertainty, as well as the species' restricted range, have led to it being assessed as "Critically imperiled" in Canada (CESCC 2016). This species has been identified as a priority for conservation and/or stewardship in one or more Bird Conservation Region Strategies in Canada.


Main designations for the species
DesignationStatusDateSubspecies, population
IUCN (Global)Least concern2018 
Wild Species (Canada)Critically imperiled2015 
Bird Conservation Region StrategyPriority Species2013 

Population status

Geographic area or populationPopulation change relative to ~1970ReliabilityStatus in relation to goal
CanadaData DeficientData DeficientData Deficient

Population estimate

Geographic area or populationPopulation estimate
Canada< 500 adults

Distribution maps


Migration strategy, occurrence

Paleotropical migrant

Responsibility for conservation

Geographic areaResponsibility based on % of global population
CanadaVery Low

Conservation and management

This species is widespread in northern Europe and Asia. Global populations are considered to be secure (Guzy and McCaffery 2002). The species is not exposed to any significant threats on its remote breeding grounds in Canada, but its small population size does place it at risk of extirpation (CESCC 2016).


Bird conservation region strategies

Environment and Climate Change Canada and partners have developed Bird Conservation Region Strategies in each of Canada’s Bird Conservation Regions (BCRs). In these strategies, selected species are identified as priorities for one or more of the following reasons:

  • conservation concerns (i.e., species vulnerable due to population size, distribution, population trend, abundance, or threats)
  • stewardship responsibilities (i.e., species that typify the regional avifauna or have a large proportion of their range or population in the sub-region)
  • management concerns (i.e., species that require ongoing management because of their socio-economic importance as game species, or because of their impacts on other species or habitats)
  • other concerns (i.e., species deemed a priority by regional experts for other reasons than those listed above or because they are listed as species at risk or concern at the provincial level)

Select any of the sub-regions below to view the BCR strategy for additional details.

BCRs, marine biogeographic units, and sub-regions in which the species is listed as a priority
RegionSub-region and priority type
Arctic Plains and MountainsArctic Plains and Mountains, sub-region and priority type: Prairie and Northern -- Other