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Black-billed Woodhoopoe Phoeniculus somaliensis

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) 1,200,000 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) 7 - - -
Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is apparently not rare (del Hoyo et al. 2001).
Trend justification: The population is suspected to be in decline owing to destruction of large trees which provide nesting sites (del Hoyo et al. 2001).

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
Kenya Native Extant        
Somalia Native Extant       Yes
Sudan Native Extant       Yes
Tanzania 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
Eritrea Mareb escarpment site factsheet
Eritrea Semenawi Bahri site factsheet
Eritrea Southern Plateau: Furrus site factsheet
Eritrea Western Plain: Barka river site factsheet
Eritrea Western Plain: Gash - Setit site factsheet
Ethiopia Abijatta - Shalla Lakes National Park site factsheet
Ethiopia Arero forest site factsheet
Ethiopia Awash National Park site factsheet
Ethiopia Dawa - Wachile site factsheet
Ethiopia Eastern Hararghe (Harar-Wabi Shebelle) site factsheet
Ethiopia Genale river site factsheet
Ethiopia Konso - Segen site factsheet
Ethiopia Mankubsa - Welenso forest site factsheet
Ethiopia Nechisar National Park site factsheet
Ethiopia Sof Omar site factsheet
Ethiopia Yabello Sanctuary site factsheet
Ethiopia Yangudi-Rassa National Park site factsheet
Somalia Aangole - Farbiito site factsheet
Somalia Balcad Nature Reserve site factsheet
Somalia Boorama plains site factsheet
Somalia Daalo site factsheet
Somalia Far Waamo site factsheet
Somalia Gacan Libaax site factsheet
Somalia Laag Badaana site factsheet
Somalia Lascaanod - Taleex - Ceel Chebet site factsheet
Somalia Saylac site factsheet
Tanzania Mkomazi Game Reserve site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Dry major resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Dry major resident
Wetlands (inland) Freshwater Springs and Oases suitable resident
Altitude 0 - 2000 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Phoeniculus somaliensis. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/09/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/09/2014.

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 Phoeniculidae (Woodhoopoes)
Species name author (Ogilvie-Grant, 1901)
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 1,200,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- Projected distributions under climate change