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Piapiac Ptilostomus afer

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 Does not normally occur in forest
Land mass type   Average mass -

Distribution

  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 3,770,000 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 Stable -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 6.7 - - -
Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is reported to be locally common (Madge and Burn 1993).
Trend justification: The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Benin Native Extant       Yes
Burkina Faso Native Extant       Yes
Cameroon Native Extant       Yes
Central African Republic Native Extant       Yes
Chad Native Extant       Yes
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Native Extant       Yes
Côte d'Ivoire Native Extant       Yes
Ethiopia Native Extant       Yes
Gambia Native Extant       Yes
Ghana Native Extant       Yes
Guinea Native Extant       Yes
Guinea-Bissau Native Extant       Yes
Kenya Native Extant       Yes
Liberia Native Extant       Yes
Mali Native Extant       Yes
Mauritania Native Extant       Yes
Niger Native Extant       Yes
Nigeria Native Extant       Yes
Senegal Native Extant       Yes
Sierra Leone Native Extant       Yes
South Sudan Native Extant       Yes
Sudan Native Extant        
Tanzania Native Extant       Yes
Togo Native Extant       Yes
Uganda Native Extant       Yes

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Benin Lake Ahémé and Aho complex site factsheet
Benin Lake Nokoué site factsheet
Benin Ouémé river basin site factsheet
Benin Pendjari National Park site factsheet
Benin W du Bénin National Park site factsheet
Burkina Faso Arli - W - Singou complex site factsheet
Burkina Faso Bérégadougou hill site factsheet
Burkina Faso Diéfoula - Logoniégué forest site factsheet
Burkina Faso Kaboré Tambi - Nazinga - Sissili complex site factsheet
Burkina Faso Ouagadougou forest site factsheet
Cameroon Bénoué National Park site factsheet
Cameroon Gashiga - Demsa site factsheet
Cameroon Kalamaloué National Park site factsheet
Cameroon Lake Maga site factsheet
Cameroon Logone flood-plain site factsheet
Cameroon Ngaoundaba Ranch site factsheet
Cameroon Waza National Park site factsheet
Central African Republic André Félix National Park complex site factsheet
Central African Republic Manovo - Gounda - St Floris National Park complex site factsheet
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Garamba National Park site factsheet
Côte d'Ivoire Comoe National Park site factsheet
Gambia Kiang West National Park site factsheet
Gambia Prufu - Darsilami area site factsheet
Ghana Gbele Resource Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Mole National Park site factsheet
Guinea Badiar site factsheet
Guinea Chutes de la Sala site factsheet
Guinea Gangan Foret Classe site factsheet
Guinea Mafou site factsheet
Guinea Nialama site factsheet
Guinea-Bissau Dulombi site factsheet
Guinea-Bissau Rio Mansôa and Gêba estuary site factsheet
Guinea-Bissau Rio Tombali, Rio Cumbijã and Ilha de Melo site factsheet
Kenya Busia grasslands site factsheet
Mali Boucle du Baoulé site factsheet
Mali Falaise de Bandiagara site factsheet
Mali Sirakoroni - Tyènfala site factsheet
Niger 'W' National Park site factsheet
Niger Makalondi district site factsheet
Nigeria Amurum woodlands (Taboru) site factsheet
Nigeria Assop Falls and hills site factsheet
Nigeria Chad Basin National Park: Chingurmi - Duguma Sector site factsheet
Nigeria Falgore and Lame Burra Game Reserves site factsheet
Nigeria Gashaka-Gumti National Park site factsheet
Nigeria Hadejia-Nguru wetlands site factsheet
Nigeria Kagoro - Nindam Forest Reserves site factsheet
Nigeria Kamuku National Park site factsheet
Nigeria Lower Kaduna - Middle Niger flood-plain site factsheet
Nigeria Pandam Wildlife Park site factsheet
Nigeria Sunvit Farm site factsheet
Nigeria Yankari National Park site factsheet
Senegal Delta du Saloum site factsheet
Senegal Ferlo North site factsheet
Senegal Ferlo South site factsheet
Senegal La Petite Côte site factsheet
Senegal Parc National du Niokolo-Koba site factsheet
Senegal River Sénégal (Ntiagar to Richard-Toll) site factsheet
South Sudan Ashana site factsheet
South Sudan Bandingilo site factsheet
South Sudan Imatong mountains site factsheet
South Sudan Juba site factsheet
South Sudan Kidepo site factsheet
South Sudan Nimule site factsheet
South Sudan Southern National Park site factsheet
South Sudan Sudd (Bahr-el-Jebel system) site factsheet
Sudan En Nahud site factsheet
Sudan Lake Kundi site factsheet
Togo Kéran National Park site factsheet
Togo Oti Valley Faunal Reserve site factsheet
Uganda Ajai Wildlife Reserve site factsheet
Uganda Budongo Forest Reserve site factsheet
Uganda Kidepo Valley National Park site factsheet
Uganda Mount Otzi Forest Reserve site factsheet
Uganda Murchison Falls National Park site factsheet
Uganda Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake George site factsheet
Uganda Semliki National Park site factsheet
Uganda Semliki reserves site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Aquatic & Marine Seasonally Flooded Agricultural Land suitable resident
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable Land suitable resident
Artificial/Terrestrial Pastureland suitable resident
Artificial/Terrestrial Rural Gardens suitable resident
Artificial/Terrestrial Urban Areas suitable resident
Grassland Subtropical/Tropical Dry major resident
Grassland Subtropical/Tropical Seasonally Wet/Flooded suitable resident
Savanna Dry major resident
Altitude 0 - 0 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Ptilostomus afer. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/09/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/09/2014.

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 Corvidae (Crows and jays)
Species name author (Linnaeus, 1766)
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Stable
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 3,770,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- Projected distributions under climate change