LC
Rüppell's Robin-Chat Cossypha semirufa



Taxonomy

Taxonomic note

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.
Dowsett, R. J.; Forbes-Watson, A. D. 1993. Checklist of birds of the Afrotropical and Malagasy regions. Tauraco Press, Li
Sibley, C. G.; Monroe, B. L. 1990. Distribution and taxonomy of birds of the world. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.

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

Red List history
Year Category Criteria
2016 Least Concern
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern
Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency medium
Land-mass type Average mass -
Range

Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence (breeding/resident) 1,480,000 km2 medium
Severely fragmented? no -
Population
Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
Population size unknown - - -
Population trend decreasing - suspected -
Generation length 5.4 years - - -

Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as generally common and locally abundant throughout its range (del Hoyo et al. 2005).

Trend justification: The population is suspected to be in decline owing to ongoing habitat destruction and fragmentation.


Country/territory distribution
Country/Territory Presence Origin Resident Breeding visitor Non-breeding visitor Passage migrant
Eritrea extant native yes
Ethiopia extant native yes
Kenya extant native yes
South Sudan extant native yes
Sudan extant native yes
Tanzania extant native yes

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)
Country/Territory IBA Name
Eritrea Asmara escarpment
Eritrea Arboroba escarpment
Eritrea Southern Plateau: Furrus
Ethiopia Simien Mountains National Park
Ethiopia Bahir Dar - Lake Tana
Ethiopia Yegof forest
Ethiopia Borana-Saynt (Denkoro Forest)
Ethiopia Awi Zone
Ethiopia Guassa Plateau (Menz)
Ethiopia Jemma and Jara valleys
Ethiopia Ankober - Debre Sina escarpment
Ethiopia Finchaa and Chomen swamps
Ethiopia Entoto Natural Park and escarpment
Ethiopia Chilimo-Gaji forest
Ethiopia Menagesha State Forest
Ethiopia Jibat forest
Ethiopia Tiro Boter - Becho forest
Ethiopia Mount Zuquala
Ethiopia Mugo highlands
Ethiopia Metu - Gore - Tepi forests
Ethiopia Bonga forest
Ethiopia Bale Mountains National Park
Kenya Aberdare Mountains
Kenya Kikuyu Escarpment forest
Kenya Mount Kenya
Tanzania Arusha National Park and vicinity
Tanzania Mount Kilimanjaro
Tanzania Lake Manyara
Tanzania Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Tanzania North Pare Mountains

Habitats & altitude
Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Rural Gardens suitable resident
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland suitable resident
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Moist Montane major resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical High Altitude suitable resident
Altitude 1000 - 3200 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Species factsheet: Cossypha semirufa. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/ruppells-robin-chat-cossypha-semirufa on 21/02/2024.
Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2024) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org on 21/02/2024.