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Grey-headed Bristlebill Bleda canicapillus

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 Medium
Land mass type   Average mass -

Distribution

  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 1,090,000 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) 3.5 - - -
Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as generally common. The population in Liberia has been estimated as 240,000 individuals (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
Benin Native Extant       Yes
Côte d'Ivoire Native Extant       Yes
Gambia Native Extant       Yes
Ghana Native Extant       Yes
Guinea Native Extant       Yes
Guinea-Bissau Native Extant       Yes
Liberia Native Extant       Yes
Mali Native Extant       Yes
Nigeria Native Extant       Yes
Senegal Native Extant       Yes
Sierra Leone Native Extant       Yes
Togo Native Extant       Yes

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Benin Lama Forest 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 Gueoule and Glo Mountain Forest Reserves site factsheet
Côte d'Ivoire Lamto Ecological Research Station site factsheet
Côte d'Ivoire Mabi Forest reserve 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 Sangbe 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
Gambia Abuko Nature Reserve site factsheet
Gambia Pirang Forest Park site factsheet
Ghana Ankasa Resource Reserve - Nini-Sushien National Park site factsheet
Ghana Atewa Range Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Bia National Park and Resource Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Boin River Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Bosomtwe Range Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Bura River Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Cape Three Points Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Dadieso Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Digya National Park site factsheet
Ghana Draw River Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Ebi River Shelterbelt Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Fure River Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Jema-Asemkrom Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Kakum National Park - Assin Attandaso Resource Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Kalakpa Resource Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Kyabobo (proposed) National Park site factsheet
Ghana Mamiri Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Mount Afadjato - Agumatsa Range forest site factsheet
Ghana Muni-Pomadze Ramsar Site site factsheet
Ghana Nsuensa Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Pra-Sushien Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Subri River Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Tano-Anwia Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Tano-Ehuro Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Tano-Nimiri Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Yoyo River Forest Reserve site factsheet
Guinea Kounounkan site factsheet
Guinea Massif du Ziama site factsheet
Guinea Monts Nimba (part of Mount Nimba transboundary AZE) site factsheet
Guinea-Bissau Cantanhez forests site factsheet
Guinea-Bissau Lagoas de Cufada site factsheet
Guinea-Bissau Rio Tombali, Rio Cumbijã and Ilha de Melo site factsheet
Liberia Cestos - Senkwen site factsheet
Liberia Grebo site factsheet
Liberia Lofa-Gola-Mano Complex site factsheet
Liberia Nimba mountains site factsheet
Liberia Wologizi mountains site factsheet
Liberia Wonegizi mountains site factsheet
Liberia Zwedru site factsheet
Nigeria Akassa forests site factsheet
Nigeria Biseni forests site factsheet
Nigeria Cross River National Park: Oban Division site factsheet
Nigeria Cross River National Park: Okwangwo Division site factsheet
Nigeria Gashaka-Gumti National Park site factsheet
Nigeria IITA Forest Reserve, Ibadan site factsheet
Nigeria Kagoro - Nindam Forest Reserves and vicinity site factsheet
Nigeria Okomu National Park site factsheet
Nigeria Omo Forest Reserve site factsheet
Nigeria Upper Orashi forests site factsheet
Senegal Delta du Saloum site factsheet
Senegal Parc National de Basse Casamance 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
Sierra Leone Tingi Hills Non-hunting Forest Reserve site factsheet
Sierra Leone Western Area Peninsula Non-hunting Forest Reserve site factsheet
Togo Misahöhe Forest Reserve site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland major resident
Savanna Dry suitable resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Moist suitable resident
Altitude 0 - 1000 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Bleda canicapillus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/11/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/11/2014.

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 Pycnonotidae (Bulbuls)
Species name author (Hartlaub, 1854)
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Stable
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 1,090,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- Projected distributions under climate change