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Blackstart Cercomela melanura

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 15.2 g

Distribution

  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 2,170,000
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 - - -
Generation length (yrs) 3.8 - - -
Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as frequent to common and very common in desert areas of Israel (del Hoyo et al. 2005).
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
Chad Native Extant       Yes
Djibouti Native Extant       Yes
Egypt Native Extant       Yes
Eritrea Native Extant       Yes
Ethiopia Native Extant       Yes
Gambia Vagrant Extant   Yes    
Israel Native Extant       Yes
Jordan Native Extant       Yes
Mali Native Extant       Yes
Niger Native Extant       Yes
Oman Native Extant       Yes
Palestinian Authority Territories Native Extant       Yes
Saudi Arabia Native Extant       Yes
Somalia Native Extant       Yes
Sudan Native Extant       Yes
Syria Native Extant       Yes
United Arab Emirates Vagrant Extant   Yes    
Yemen Native Extant       Yes

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Chad Fada Archei site factsheet
Chad Ouadi Rimé - Ouadi Achim site factsheet
Chad Tibesti massif site factsheet
Djibouti Ali Sabieh - Assâmo site factsheet
Djibouti Forêt de Day site factsheet
Djibouti Lac Abhé site factsheet
Djibouti Mabla site factsheet
Egypt Gebel Elba site factsheet
Egypt Gebel Maghara site factsheet
Egypt Nabq Protected Area site factsheet
Egypt Quseima site factsheet
Egypt St Katherine Protectorate site factsheet
Egypt Wadi Gerafi site factsheet
Eritrea Danakil lowlands site factsheet
Eritrea Dehalak Archipelago and offshore islands site factsheet
Eritrea Gulf of Zula site factsheet
Eritrea Massawa coast site factsheet
Israel Judean desert site factsheet
Jordan Dana site factsheet
Jordan Hisma Basin - Rum site factsheet
Jordan Wadi Mujib site factsheet
Mali Ag Oua - Ag Arbech site factsheet
Mali Aguelhok site factsheet
Niger Dallol Boboye site factsheet
Niger NNR Aïr - Ténéré site factsheet
Sudan Khor Arba'at site factsheet
Sudan Um Badr lake site factsheet
Yemen Bab al-Mandab - Mawza site factsheet
Yemen Ma'rib - Naqil Fardah - Baraqish site factsheet
Yemen Wadi Jahr site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Desert Hot major resident
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) major resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable resident
Altitude 0 - 2000 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Cercomela melanura. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/11/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/11/2014.

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 Muscicapidae (Chats and Old World flycatchers)
Species name author (Temminck, 1824)
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Stable
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 2,170,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- Projected distributions under climate change