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Chestnut-winged Starling Onychognathus fulgidus

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 High
Land mass type   Average mass -

Distribution

  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 2,370,000 medium
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals 6700 poor Estimated 2009
Population trend Decreasing -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 4.1 - - -
Population justification: The species is described as widespread, and locally common; its population is estimated to number at least 10,000 individuals in total, roughly equivalent to 6,700 mature individuals.
Trend justification: The population is suspected to be in decline owing to ongoing habitat destruction and fragmentation.

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Angola Native Extant Yes      
Benin Native Extant       Yes
Cameroon Native Extant       Yes
Central African Republic Native Extant       Yes
Congo Native Extant       Yes
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Native Extant       Yes
Côte d'Ivoire Native Extant       Yes
Equatorial Guinea Native Extant       Yes
Gabon Native Extant       Yes
Ghana Native Extant       Yes
Guinea Native Extant       Yes
Liberia Native Extant       Yes
Nigeria Native Extant       Yes
São Tomé e Príncipe Native Extant       Yes
Sierra Leone Native Extant       Yes
South Sudan Native Extant        
Sudan Native Extant        
Tanzania Native Extant       Yes
Togo Native Extant       Yes
Uganda Native Extant       Yes

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Angola Camabatela site factsheet
Angola Cuango site factsheet
Angola Luachimo River (Chitato) site factsheet
Angola Maiombe site factsheet
Benin Lake Nokoué site factsheet
Cameroon Bakossi mountains site factsheet
Cameroon Banyang Mbo Wildlife Sanctuary site factsheet
Cameroon Boumba - Bek site factsheet
Cameroon Campo Ma'an complex site factsheet
Cameroon Dja Faunal Reserve site factsheet
Cameroon Korup National Park site factsheet
Cameroon Lobéké National Park site factsheet
Cameroon Mbam Minkom - Kala site factsheet
Cameroon Mount Cameroon and Mokoko-Onge site factsheet
Cameroon Mount Kupe site factsheet
Cameroon Nki site factsheet
Central African Republic Dzanga-Ndoki National Park site factsheet
Central African Republic Ngotto site factsheet
Congo Conkouati National Park site factsheet
Congo Dimonika Biosphere Reserve site factsheet
Congo Lake Télé Community Reserve site factsheet
Congo Léfini Faunal Reserve site factsheet
Congo Lower Kouilou basin site factsheet
Congo Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park complex site factsheet
Congo Odzala National Park complex site factsheet
Congo Ogooué Leketi National Park site factsheet
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Forests west of Lake Edward site factsheet
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Itombwe Mountains site factsheet
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Kahuzi-Biega National Park site factsheet
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Lomako - Yekokora site factsheet
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Luki Forest Reserve site factsheet
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Maiko National Park site factsheet
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Mount Hoyo Reserve site factsheet
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Ngiri site factsheet
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Okapi Faunal Reserve site factsheet
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Salonga National Park site factsheet
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Virunga National Park site factsheet
Côte d'Ivoire Azagny National Park site factsheet
Côte d'Ivoire Bossematie Forest Reserve site factsheet
Côte d'Ivoire Comoe National Park site factsheet
Côte d'Ivoire Lamto Ecological Research Station site factsheet
Côte d'Ivoire Marahoue National Park site factsheet
Côte d'Ivoire Mopri Forest Reserve site factsheet
Côte d'Ivoire Peko Mountain National Park site factsheet
Côte d'Ivoire Tai National Park and Nzo Faunal Reserve site factsheet
Côte d'Ivoire Yapo and Mambo Forest Reserves site factsheet
Equatorial Guinea Monte Alen National Park site factsheet
Gabon Gamba Protected Areas Complex site factsheet
Gabon Ipassa Strict Nature Reserve site factsheet
Gabon Lopé Faunal Reserve site factsheet
Gabon Minkébé Forest Reserve site factsheet
Gabon Ogooué delta and Mandji island site factsheet
Ghana Bia National Park and Resource Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Bosomtwe Range Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Kakum National Park - Assin Attandaso Resource Reserve site factsheet
Guinea Diécké site factsheet
Guinea Massif du Ziama site factsheet
Liberia Grebo site factsheet
Liberia Lofa-Gola-Mano Complex site factsheet
Liberia Nimba mountains site factsheet
Liberia Wologizi mountains site factsheet
Liberia Zwedru site factsheet
Nigeria Afi River Forest Reserve site factsheet
Nigeria Cross River National Park: Oban Division site factsheet
Nigeria IITA Forest Reserve, Ibadan site factsheet
Nigeria Obudu Plateau site factsheet
Sierra Leone Gola Forest Reserve site factsheet
Sierra Leone Kambui Hills Forest Reserve site factsheet
Sierra Leone Kangari Hills Non-hunting Forest Reserve site factsheet
Sierra Leone Loma Mountains Non-hunting Forest Reserve site factsheet
South Sudan Bengangai site factsheet
Togo Misahöhe Forest Reserve site factsheet
Uganda Budongo Forest Reserve site factsheet
Uganda Kibale National Park site factsheet
Uganda Mabira Forest Reserve site factsheet
Uganda Semliki National Park site factsheet
Uganda Semliki reserves site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Rural Gardens suitable resident
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland major resident
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Moist Montane suitable resident
Altitude 0 - 0 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Onychognathus fulgidus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/11/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/11/2014.

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 Sturnidae (Starlings)
Species name author Hartlaub, 1849
Population size 6700 mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 2,370,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- Projected distributions under climate change