This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Dowsett, R. J.; Forbes-Watson, A. D. 1993. Checklist of birds of the Afrotropical and Malagasy regions. Tauraco Press, Li
Andropadus nigriceps (Sibley and Monroe 1990, 1993) was provisionally split into A. nigriceps and A. fusciceps by Roy et al. (1998), but this was not followed by Fishpool and Tobias (2005), since the phylogenetic analyses are open to alternative interpretations, such that other, possibly all, subspecies within the nigriceps group merit elevation to species level. Vocal differences between at least some of these races are however small. Pending further study, the BirdLife Taxonomic Working Group considers it preferable to treat the form chlorigula (split by Sibley and Monroe from rest of nigriceps and subsequently recognised by BirdLife) as a subspecies of nigriceps, along with fusciceps.
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BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Andropadus nigriceps. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 07/02/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 07/02/2016.
This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.
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|Current IUCN Red List category||Least Concern|
|Species name author||(Shelley, 1890)|
|Population size||mature individuals|
|Distribution size (breeding/resident)||218,000 km2|
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