email a friend
printable version
Gambaga Flycatcher Muscicapa gambagae
BirdLife is updating this factsheet for the 2016 Red List
Please email us with any relevant information

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 Low
Land mass type   Average mass 13 g


  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 667,000
Extent of Occurrence non-breeding (km2) 667,000
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 - - -
Population justification: The population size is unknown, but the species is described as rare to uncommon in most areas (del Hoyo et al. 2006).
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
Burkina Faso Vagrant 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      
Djibouti Native Extant       Yes
Ethiopia Native Extant Yes      
Ghana Native Extant Yes      
Guinea Native Extant Yes      
Kenya Native Extant       Yes
Liberia Native Extant       Yes
Mali Native Extant Yes      
Nigeria Native Extant Yes      
Saudi Arabia Native Extant Yes      
Somalia Native Extant       Yes
South Sudan Native Extant Yes      
Sudan Native Extant Yes      
Togo Native Extant       Yes
Uganda Native Extant       Yes
Yemen Native Extant Yes      

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Cameroon Gashiga - Demsa site factsheet
Cameroon Mayo-Louti Forest Reserve site factsheet
Cameroon Mbam Djerem National Park site factsheet
Cameroon Ngaoundaba Ranch site factsheet
Central African Republic Bamingui-Bangoran National Park complex site factsheet
Chad Binder - Léré site factsheet
Chad Lake Chad site factsheet
Chad Manda National Park site factsheet
Chad Zakouma National Park site factsheet
Côte d'Ivoire Comoe National Park site factsheet
Ethiopia Gambella National Park site factsheet
Ghana Gambaga Scarp (East) Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Gbele Resource Reserve site factsheet
Guinea Mafou site factsheet
Mali Falaise de Bandiagara site factsheet
Nigeria Assop Falls and hills site factsheet
South Sudan Bandingilo site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable resident
Savanna Dry suitable resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable resident
Altitude 800 - 2000 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Muscicapa gambagae. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016.

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.

To provide new information to update this factsheet or to correct any errors, please email BirdLife

To contribute to discussions on the evaluation of the IUCN Red List status of Globally Threatened Birds, please visit BirdLife's Globally Threatened Bird Forums.

Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Least Concern
Family Muscicapidae (Chats and Old World flycatchers)
Species name author (Alexander, 1901)
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Stable
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 667,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- Projected distributions under climate change