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Somali Starling Onychognathus blythii

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 continent
Average mass -

Distribution

  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 283,000
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) 4.1 - - -
Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as common on the Horn of Africa and Socotra island (Fry and Keith 2000).
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
Djibouti Native Extant       Yes
Eritrea Native Extant       Yes
Ethiopia Native Extant       Yes
Somalia Native Extant       Yes
Yemen Native Extant       Yes

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Djibouti Forêt de Day site factsheet
Djibouti Mabla site factsheet
Eritrea Arboroba escarpment site factsheet
Eritrea Asmara escarpment site factsheet
Eritrea Central Plateau (Keren) site factsheet
Eritrea Danakil lowlands site factsheet
Eritrea Ghinda site factsheet
Eritrea Mareb escarpment site factsheet
Eritrea Semenawi Bahri site factsheet
Eritrea Senafe site factsheet
Eritrea Southern Plateau: Furrus site factsheet
Ethiopia Awash National Park site factsheet
Somalia Daalo site factsheet
Somalia Gacan Libaax site factsheet
Somalia Lascaanod - Taleex - Ceel Chebet site factsheet
Somalia Raas Xaafuun - Raas Gumbax site factsheet
Yemen Hamaderoh plateau and scarp, Socotra site factsheet
Yemen Wadi Ayhaft, Socotra site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Onychognathus blythii. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 15/09/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 15/09/2014.

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 Sturnidae (Starlings)
Species name author (Hartlaub, 1859)
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Stable
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 283,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- Projected distributions under climate change