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African Hill-babbler Sylvia abyssinica



Taxonomy

Taxonomic note
Sylvia abyssinica and S. atriceps (del Hoyo and Collar 2016) were previously lumped as Pseudoalcippe abyssinica following Dowsett and Forbes-Watson (1993).

Taxonomic source(s)
del Hoyo, J., Collar, N.J., Christie, D.A., Elliott, A., Fishpool, L.D.C., Boesman, P. and Kirwan, G.M. 2016. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Volume 2: Passerines. Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge, UK.

IUCN Red list criteria met and history
Red List criteria met
Critically Endangered Endangered Vulnerable
- - -

Red List history
Year Category Criteria
2016 Least Concern
Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency High
Land mass type Average mass 19 g
Extent of occurrence (EOO)

Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 8,570,000
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -
Population and trend
Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals unknown not applicable not applicable 0
Population trend Decreasing suspected -
Decline (3 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (5 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (10 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (10 years/3 generation future) - - -
Decline (10 years/3 generation past and future) - - -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulations - - -
Generation length (yrs) 5.6 - - -

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

Trend justification: The population is suspected to be in decline owing to ongoing habitat destruction and fragmentation (del Hoyo et al. 2007).


Country/territory distribution
Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Resident Breeding Non-breeding Passage
Angola N Extant Yes
Burundi N Extant Yes
Cameroon N Extant Yes
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the N Extant Yes
Equatorial Guinea N Extant Yes
Ethiopia N Extant Yes
Kenya N Extant Yes
Malawi N Extant Yes
Mozambique N Extant Yes
South Sudan N Extant Yes
Sudan N Extant Yes
Tanzania N Extant Yes
Zambia N Extant Yes

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)
Country/Territory IBA Name
Angola Calandula (Quedas de Calandula)
Angola Camabatela
Angola Luachimo River (Chitato)
Angola Mount Moco
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Marungu highlands
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Upemba National Park
Cameroon Mount Cameroon and Mokoko-Onge
Ethiopia Simien Mountains National Park
Ethiopia Borana-Saynt (Denkoro Forest)
Ethiopia Awi Zone
Ethiopia Chilimo-Gaji forest
Ethiopia Menagesha State Forest
Ethiopia Jibat forest
Ethiopia Tiro Boter - Becho forest
Ethiopia Metu - Gore - Tepi forests
Ethiopia Bale Mountains National Park
Kenya Aberdare Mountains
Kenya Kikuyu Escarpment forest
Kenya Mount Kenya
Kenya Chyulu Hills forests
Kenya Nairobi National Park
Kenya Cherangani Hills
Kenya Masai Mara
Kenya Mau forest complex
Kenya North Nandi forest
Kenya South Nandi forest
Kenya South Nguruman
Kenya Kakamega forest
Kenya Mount Elgon (Kenya)
Malawi Nyika National Park (Malawi)
Malawi Uzumara Forest Reserve
Malawi South Viphya Forest Reserve
Malawi Namizimu Forest Reserve
Malawi Mangochi Mountain Forest Reserve
South Sudan Imatong mountains
South Sudan Kidepo
Tanzania Arusha National Park and vicinity
Tanzania Mount Kilimanjaro
Tanzania Lake Manyara
Tanzania Mahali Mountain National Park
Tanzania Udzungwa National Park
Tanzania Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Tanzania Livingstone Mountains forests
Tanzania Njombe forests
Tanzania North Pare Mountains
Tanzania South Pare Mountains
Tanzania Rubeho Mountains
Tanzania Mount Rungwe
Tanzania Udzungwa Mountains
Tanzania Ukaguru Mountains
Tanzania Uluguru Mountains
Tanzania Umalila Mountains
Tanzania West Usambara Mountains
Tanzania Uvidunda Mountains
Tanzania Longido Game Controlled Area
Tanzania Loazi-Kalambo Forest Reserves and surrounding area
Uganda Mount Elgon National Park
Uganda Mount Moroto Forest Reserve
Uganda Kidepo Valley National Park
Zambia Nyika National Park (Zambia)
Tanzania Udzungwa Mountain Range
Tanzania Greater Mahale

Habitats & altitude
Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Plantations suitable resident
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable resident
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Moist Montane major resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Moist suitable resident
Altitude 900 - 3000 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Species factsheet: Sylvia abyssinica. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/09/2020. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2020) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/09/2020.