Justification of Red List Category
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.
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is reported to be common in most of its range (del Hoyo et al. 1999).
Although tolerant of habitat modification, the population is nevertheless suspected to be undergoing some declines overall owing to ongoing habitat destruction and fragmentation in parts of its range.
The nominate race is widespread across West and Central Africa. B. p. vosseleri, formerly recognised as a separate species, is a rare and declining resident of mainly montane and submontane evergreen forest in Tanzania.
Text account compilers
Butchart, S., Ekstrom, J., Symes, A. & Taylor, J.
Wilson, D., Rainey, H. & Cordeiro, N.
BirdLife International (2022) Species factsheet: Bubo poensis. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 03/07/2022. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2022) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 03/07/2022.