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White-headed Black-chat Myrmecocichla arnoti

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 39.6 g

Distribution

  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 3,100,000 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) 3.8 - - -
Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as locally common (del Hoyo et al. 2005).
Trend justification: The population is suspected to be in decline owing to ongoing habitat destruction and DDT poisoning.

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Angola Native Extant       Yes
Botswana Native Extant       Yes
Burundi Native Extant       Yes
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Native Extant       Yes
Malawi Native Extant       Yes
Mozambique Native Extant       Yes
Namibia Native Extant       Yes
Rwanda Native Extant       Yes
South Africa Native Extant       Yes
Tanzania Native Extant       Yes
Uganda Native Extant       Yes
Zambia Native Extant       Yes
Zimbabwe Native Extant       Yes

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Angola Caconda site factsheet
Angola Cangandala National Park site factsheet
Angola Cuango site factsheet
Angola Cuelei site factsheet
Angola Luando Strict Nature Reserve site factsheet
Angola Mount Moco site factsheet
Angola Mupa National Park site factsheet
Botswana Chobe National Park site factsheet
Botswana Linyanti swamp/Chobe river site factsheet
Botswana Makgadikgadi Pans site factsheet
Botswana Okavango Delta site factsheet
Burundi Ruvubu National Park site factsheet
Burundi Rwihinda Lake Managed Nature Reserve site factsheet
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Kundelungu National Park site factsheet
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Marungu highlands site factsheet
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Upemba National Park site factsheet
Malawi Dzalanyama Forest Reserve site factsheet
Malawi Kasungu National Park site factsheet
Malawi Lengwe National Park site factsheet
Malawi Liwonde Hills Forest Reserve site factsheet
Malawi Liwonde National Park site factsheet
Malawi Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve site factsheet
Malawi Ntchisi Mountain Forest Reserve site factsheet
Malawi Nyika National Park (Malawi) site factsheet
Malawi Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve site factsheet
Mozambique Headwaters of the Cahora Bassa Dam site factsheet
Mozambique Panda Brachystegia woodlands site factsheet
Namibia Eastern Caprivi wetlands site factsheet
Namibia Mahango Game Reserve and Kavango river site factsheet
South Africa Kruger National Park and adjacent areas site factsheet
Tanzania Burigi - Biharamulo Game Reserves site factsheet
Tanzania Katavi National Park site factsheet
Tanzania Kilombero Valley site factsheet
Tanzania Lake Rukwa site factsheet
Tanzania Loazi-Kalambo Forest Reserves and surrounding area site factsheet
Tanzania Mikumi National Park site factsheet
Tanzania Moyowosi - Kigosi Game Reserves site factsheet
Tanzania Ruaha National Park site factsheet
Tanzania Selous Game Reserve site factsheet
Tanzania Udzungwa Mountains site factsheet
Tanzania Ugalla River Game Reserve site factsheet
Tanzania Usangu flats site factsheet
Zambia Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage site factsheet
Zambia Chisamba site factsheet
Zambia Hillwood site factsheet
Zambia Jimbe Drainage site factsheet
Zambia Kafue Flats site factsheet
Zambia Kafue National Park site factsheet
Zambia Kalungwishi site factsheet
Zambia Kasanka National Park site factsheet
Zambia Lavushi Manda National Park site factsheet
Zambia Lower Zambezi National Park site factsheet
Zambia Lukususi National Park site factsheet
Zambia Lusenga Plain National Park site factsheet
Zambia Machile site factsheet
Zambia Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park and Batoka Gorge site factsheet
Zambia Mutinondo Wilderness site factsheet
Zambia Nkanga River Conservation Area site factsheet
Zambia North Luangwa National Park site factsheet
Zambia North Swaka site factsheet
Zambia Shiwa Ng'andu site factsheet
Zambia Sioma Ngwezi National Park site factsheet
Zambia South Luangwa National Park site factsheet
Zambia Sumbu National Park and Tondwa Game Management Area site factsheet
Zambia West Lunga National Park and Lukwakwa Game Management Area site factsheet
Zambia Wonder Gorge site factsheet
Zimbabwe Chizarira National Park site factsheet
Zimbabwe Hwange National Park site factsheet
Zimbabwe Mavuradonha Mountains site factsheet
Zimbabwe Middle Zambezi Valley site factsheet
Zimbabwe Nyanga lowlands/Honde valley site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Savanna Dry major resident
Altitude 0 - 1750 m Occasional altitudinal limits (max) 1840 m

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Myrmecocichla arnoti. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/08/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/08/2014.

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 (Tristram, 1869)
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 3,100,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- Projected distributions under climate change