Sylvietta philippae


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Sylvietta philippae
Species Authority: Williams, 1955
Common Name(s):
English Short-billed Crombec, Somali Short-billed Crombec, Philippa's Crombec
French Crombec de Philippa

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Butchart, S. & Symes, A.
Contributor(s): Fishpool, L., Ash, J. & Miskell, J.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Starkey, M., Butchart, S., Robertson, P., Symes, A., Bird, J.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Sylvietta philippae is found in north-west and west Somalia and adjacent parts of Ethiopia (Urban et al. 1997) up to 80 km from the border (L. D. C. Fishpool in litt. 2006), but may be more widespread in Ethiopia (Ash 1982). There are also several records in the Bogol Manyo area in south-east Somalia (J. Ash in litt. 2007). In Somalia it has been described as widespread but not particularly common, and given the size of its range it may not be at risk (J. Miskell in litt. 2006).

Ethiopia; Somalia
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Population [top]

Population: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as fairly common (del Hoyo et al. 2006).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a bird of semi-desert, frequenting fairly dense thickets of Acacia and Commiphora on rocky ground and red sandy soil, where it feeds on minute beetles and other insects (Urban et al. 1997). It has been noted as fairly common at about 300 m elevation, and ranges up to 900 m (Urban et al. 1997).

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): At one site in Ethiopia the species is possibly threatened by exploitation of its scrub habitat for charcoal production and extraction of gum and resin (EWNHS 1996). As it appears to be restricted to denser areas of thicket it could be sensitive to habitat alteration through fuelwood collection or grazing.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
None is known.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Survey semi-desert in Somalia and adjacent parts of Ethiopia. Study ecological requirements and threats.

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