Justification of Red List Category
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.
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as locally common (del Hoyo et al. 2006).
The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.
This species is known from north-east Angola in south Lunda (Missão de Luz) and north Moxico (Lakes Cameia and Dilolo), southern Democratic Republic of Congo in north-west Kasai (near Banda) and Shaba (Dilolo and Kamina to Upemba and the Marungu Highlands) and north-west Zambia in Mwinilunga and Balovale (Minyanya Plain).
The species is found in open, short, seasonally wet grasslands and watershed plains (Urban et al. 1997).
Text account compilers
Ekstrom, J., Harding, M., Butchart, S.
BirdLife International (2022) Species factsheet: Cisticola dambo. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/06/2022. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2022) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/06/2022.