Dessonornis anomalus, D. macclounii and D. mbuluensis (del Hoyo and Collar 2016) were previously lumped as Cossypha anomala following Dowsett and Forbes-Watson (1993) and Sibley and Monroe (1990, 1993).
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.
Red List criteria met
Red List history
IUCN Red List criteria met and history
||not a migrant
Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as abundant on the Nyika plateau and scarce elsewhere in its range (del Hoyo et al. 2005).
Trend justification: The population is suspected to be in decline owing to ongoing habitat destruction and fragmentation.
Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Dessonornis macclounii. Downloaded from
http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/rusty-flanked-robin-chat-dessonornis-macclounii on 07/12/2023.
Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from
http://datazone.birdlife.org on 07/12/2023.