Monticola semirufus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Monticola semirufus
Species Authority: (Rüppell, 1837)
Common Name(s):
English White-winged Cliff-chat, White-winged Cliff-Chat, White-winged Cliff Chat
French Traquet de roche à ailes blanches
Myrmecocichla semirufa (Rüppell, 1837)
Thamnolaea semirufa (Rüppell, 1837)
Thamnolaea semirufa semirufa Sibley and Monroe (1990, 1993)
Taxonomic Notes:

We accept the transfer of Myrmecocichla semirufa to Monticola, based on genetic evidence supplemented by behavioural information (it does not take over hirundine nests like its apparently close relative Thamnolaea cinnamomeiventris) (Zuccon & Ericson 2010), and we observe furthermore that the female semirufa is barred below like female Monticola but unlike T. cinnamomeiventris, which basically resemble males. The correct specific name is semirufus.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Butchart, S. & Symes, A.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Ekstrom, J., Butchart, S.
This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Eritrea; Ethiopia
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Population [top]

Population: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as locally frequent to common in Ethiopia and uncommon in Eritrea and parts of Ethiopia (del Hoyo et al. 2005).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Systems: Terrestrial

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Monticola semirufus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 30 August 2015.
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