Olive-backed Forest-robin Stiphrornis pyrrholaemus


Justification of Red List Category
This species has a relatively small range, and is estimated to have a moderately small population size. It is suspected to be in decline as a result of habitat degradation and so it is listed as Near Threatened.

Population justification
The population size has not been quantified, but the fact it is considered common in the areas where it is known from and its potential to be present in a larger amount of Gabon than previously thought may mean it has a population size of >10,000 mature individuals. Provisionally placed here in the range of 10,000-19,999 mature individuals.

Trend justification
The population is suspected to be in decline owing to ongoing habitat degradation.

Distribution and population

This species is known from specimens and observations from Gabon in the Rabi Oil field, along the road to Toucan north of Rabi, the Moukalaba-Doudou National Park and a specimen from 1953 in Tchibanga (Schmidt et al. 2008), with additional possible reports from Lopé National Park and the Makokou area (Boano et al. 2015, Fjeldså 2016).


This species inhabits the lower strata of primary forest, but avoids areas disturbed by large ungulates (Fjeldså 2016).


This species is threatened by ongoing habitat destruction.

Conservation actions

Conservation Actions Underway
This species has been found at Moukalaba-Doudou National Park with it also possibly occurring in Lopé National Park (Schmidt et al. 2008; Boano et al. 2015).

Conservation Actions Proposed
Conduct surveys to get a better understanding of its population size and trends, and to identify any key threats to the species. Protect its remaining habitat.


Text account compilers
Symes, A., Temple, H. & Westrip, J.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Species factsheet: Stiphrornis pyrrholaemus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/06/2019. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2019) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/06/2019.