Current view: Data table and detailed info
Coua ruficeps and C. olivaceiceps (del Hoyo and Collar 2014) were previously lumped as C. ruficeps following Sibley and Monroe (1990, 1993).
del Hoyo, J., Collar, N.J., Christie, D.A., Elliott, A. and Fishpool, L.D.C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Volume 1: Non-passerines. Lynx Edicions BirdLife International, Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge, UK.
Red List criteria met
Red List history
IUCN Red list criteria met and history
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Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is reported to be common throughout its range (del Hoyo et al. 1997, Erritzøe et al. 2011), including within Ankarafantisika National Park and other protected areas (Kirwan et al. 2020). Around Ampijoroa it is commoner in disturbed forest, with densities of up to 25.7 individuals/km2 in burned forest compared to 16.7 individuals/km2 in intact forest (Chouteau et al. 2004).
Trend justification: Although tree cover loss within the range is currently estimated at around 25% across three generations (15 years; Global Forest Watch 2021, using Hansen et al.  data and methods disclosed therein), the species persists in degraded habitats and may even benefit from burning (Chouteau et al. 2004, Erritzøe et al. 2011). The population is therefore suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats. However, repeated monitoring over a longer timeframe is required to determine any lasting population impacts.
Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Coua ruficeps. Downloaded from
http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/red-capped-coua-coua-ruficeps on 06/06/2023.
Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from
http://datazone.birdlife.org on 06/06/2023.