NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded Global Status Rank: G5 - Secure
Reasons: Large range makes this species apparently secure on a global basis; trends in most of the range are poorly known; population appears to be increasing at the northern end of the range in the southeastern United States.
Other Considerations: Meyer and Collopy (1990) found high (77%) nest site fidelity (regardless of prior nesting success) and high communal roost site fidelity; reasons for birds not using apparently suitable looking habitat and/or increasing range are not known. Federal status in U.S.: Listed as a Category 2 in 1985, downgraded to 3C in 1989, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service abolished all but C category (formerly C1) in 1996. Meyer and Collopy (1990) regard previous downgrading as unjustified. South Carolina lists species as Endangered (Meyer 1995).
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