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Moorland Chat Cercomela sordida

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) 188,000 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) 3.8 - - -
Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species's abundance is reported to vary with altitude, being most abundant at higher altitudes (Keith et al. 1992).
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
Eritrea Native Extant       Yes
Ethiopia Native Extant       Yes
Kenya Native Extant       Yes
Tanzania Native Extant       Yes
Uganda Native Extant       Yes

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Ethiopia Ankober - Debre Sina escarpment site factsheet
Ethiopia Bale Mountains National Park site factsheet
Ethiopia Berga floodplain site factsheet
Ethiopia Borana-Saynt (Denkoro Forest) site factsheet
Ethiopia Chilimo-Gaji forest site factsheet
Ethiopia Choke mountains site factsheet
Ethiopia Entoto Natural Park and escarpment site factsheet
Ethiopia Gefersa reservoir site factsheet
Ethiopia Guassa Plateau (Menz) site factsheet
Ethiopia Hugumburda and Grat-Kahsu forests site factsheet
Ethiopia Jibat forest site factsheet
Ethiopia Metu - Gore - Tepi forests site factsheet
Ethiopia Mugo highlands site factsheet
Ethiopia Simien Mountains National Park site factsheet
Ethiopia Sululta plain site factsheet
Kenya Aberdare Mountains site factsheet
Kenya Cherangani Hills site factsheet
Kenya Mount Elgon (Kenya) site factsheet
Kenya Mount Kenya site factsheet
Tanzania Arusha National Park and vicinity site factsheet
Tanzania Mount Kilimanjaro site factsheet
Tanzania Ngorongoro Conservation Area site factsheet
Uganda Mount Elgon National Park site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable Land suitable resident
Artificial/Terrestrial Pastureland suitable resident
Grassland Subtropical/Tropical High Altitude major resident
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) suitable resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Moist suitable resident
Altitude 2100 - 4400 m Occasional altitudinal limits (max) 5200 m

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Cercomela sordida. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/11/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/11/2014.

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 (Rüppell, 1837)
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Stable
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 188,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- Projected distributions under climate change