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Black-headed Bee-eater Merops breweri

IUCN Red List history

Year Category
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern

Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency High
Land mass type   Average mass -

Distribution

  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 1,630,000 medium
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals Unknown not applicable Not Applicable 0
Population trend Decreasing -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 6.2 - - -
Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is regarded as a rarity in most areas (del Hoyo et al. 2001).
Trend justification: The species is suspected to be in decline owing to expansion of eucalyptus plantation and persecution through snaring and deliberately blocking nest holes (del Hoyo et al. 20010.

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Angola Native Extant       Yes
Cameroon Unknown Extant        
Central African Republic Native Extant       Yes
Congo Native Extant       Yes
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Native Extant       Yes
Côte d'Ivoire Native Extant       Yes
Gabon Native Extant       Yes
Ghana Native Possibly Extinct       Yes
Nigeria Native Extant       Yes
South Sudan Native Extant       Yes
Sudan Native Extant       Yes

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Angola Maiombe site factsheet
Central African Republic Bamingui-Bangoran National Park complex site factsheet
Central African Republic Bangui site factsheet
Central African Republic Dzanga-Ndoki National Park site factsheet
Central African Republic Manovo - Gounda - St Floris National Park complex site factsheet
Central African Republic Ngotto site factsheet
Congo Conkouati National Park site factsheet
Congo Lake Télé Community Reserve site factsheet
Congo Léfini Faunal Reserve site factsheet
Congo Lower Kouilou basin site factsheet
Congo Odzala National Park complex site factsheet
Congo Ogooué Leketi National Park site factsheet
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Ngiri site factsheet
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Okapi Faunal Reserve site factsheet
Côte d'Ivoire Marahoue National Park site factsheet
Gabon Gamba Protected Areas Complex site factsheet
Gabon Ipassa Strict Nature Reserve site factsheet
Gabon Léconi grasslands site factsheet
Gabon Ogooué delta and Mandji island site factsheet
South Sudan Bengangai site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Plantations suitable resident
Artificial/Terrestrial Rural Gardens suitable resident
Artificial/Terrestrial Subtropical/Tropical Heavily Degraded Former Forest suitable resident
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland major resident
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Swamp suitable resident
Savanna Dry suitable resident
Wetlands (inland) Permanent Rivers/Streams/Creeks (includes waterfalls) suitable resident
Altitude 0 - 0 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Merops breweri. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 02/09/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 02/09/2014.

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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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Least Concern
Family Meropidae (Bee-eaters)
Species name author (Cassin, 1859)
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 1,630,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- Projected distributions under climate change