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Chapin's Mountain-babbler Kupeornis chapini
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This species is listed as Near Threatened because it is suspected to be undergoing a moderately rapid population decline owing to on-going deforestation, mainly for shifting agriculture.

Taxonomic source(s)
Dowsett, R. J.; Forbes-Watson, A. D. 1993. Checklist of birds of the Afrotropical and Malagasy regions. Tauraco Press, Li
Sibley, C. G.; Monroe, B. L. 1990. Distribution and taxonomy of birds of the world. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.

Lioptilus chapini Collar and Andrew (1988)

Distribution and population
Kupeornis chapini is endemic to the Albertine Rift mountains of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where it is known from the Lendu Plateau, mountains west of Lake Edward, mountains west of Lake Kivu, and the Itombwe Mts. It is considered "rather rare" and is suspected to be in decline owing to habitat loss (del Hoyo et al. 2007).

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as evidently rather rare (del Hoyo et al. 2007).

Trend justification
The population is suspected to be in moderately rapid decline owing to on-going habitat clearance, mainly for shifting agriculture (del Hoyo et al. 2007).

It is a species of transitional forest at 1,000-1,650 m, where it occupies the upper stratum (Lippens and Wille 1976, Stattersfield et al. 1998). Its diet is unknown, but it has been observed foraging in the middle and upper storeys of forest, associating with other species, particularly bulbuls. Breeding takes place in May and June (del Hoyo et al. 2007).

This species's habitat is under threat as a result of clearance for shifting agriculture (Stattersfield et al. 1998, del Hoyo et al. 2007).

Conservation Actions Underway
No targeted conservation action is known for this species. Conservation Actions Proposed
Carry out surveys to obtain a total population estimate. Monitor population trends through regular surveys. Monitor rates of habitat loss and degradation. Protect suitable habitat for the species.

del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Christie, D. 2007. Handbook of the Birds of the World, vol. 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.

IUCN. 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2012.1). Available at: (Accessed: 19 June 2012).

Lippens, L.; Wille, H. 1976. Les oiseaux du Zaïre. La Presidence de la Republique du Zaïre, Lusaka.

Stattersfield, A. J.; Crosby, M. J.; Long, A. J.; Wege, D. C. 1998. Endemic bird areas of the world: priorities for bird conservation. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K.

Further web sources of information
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Text account compilers
O'Brien, A., Robertson, P., Shutes, S., Symes, A. & Taylor, J.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Kupeornis chapini. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016.

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 Near Threatened
Family Timaliidae (Babblers and parrotbills)
Species name author Schouteden, 1949
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) -
Country endemic? Yes
Links to further information
- Additional Information on this species
- Projected distributions under climate change