Terpsiphone rufiventer


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Terpsiphone rufiventer
Species Authority: (Swainson, 1837)
Common Name(s):
English Black-headed Paradise-flycatcher, Red-bellied Paradise-flycatcher, Black-headed Paradise-Flycatcher, Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher
French Gobemouche paradis à ventre roux
Taxonomic Notes: Terpsiphone rufiventer (Sibley and Monroe 1990, 1993) was split into T. rufiventer and T. smithii following Harrison (1990) and this treatment followed by Collar et al. (1994) and BirdLife International (2000, 2004). However, the distinctiveness of smithi falls within the variation found within rufiventer, and this split is now not considered valid by the BirdLife Taxonomic Working Group.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2013-11-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Butchart, S.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Pilgrim, J., Ekstrom, J., Butchart, S.
This species has an extremely 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). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to 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.
2012 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species has a large range, across the moist lowland forests of West and Central Africa. The subspecies smithii (previously recognised as a separate species) is endemic to the Gulf of Guinea island of Annobón (Equatorial Guinea).
Angola (Angola); Benin; Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Kenya; Liberia; Mali; Nigeria; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Tanzania, United Republic of; Togo; Uganda; Zambia
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Population [top]

Population: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is reported to be uncommon to abundant (Urban et al. 1997).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The species is found in moist lowland forests.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The subspecies smithii could be affected by clearance and modification of its habitat for fruit, oil-palm and sugarcane cultivation (BirdLife International 2000).

Citation: BirdLife International 2013. Terpsiphone rufiventer. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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