Sahel Bush-sparrow Gymnoris dentata


Taxonomic note
Gymnoris dentata (del Hoyo and Collar 2016) was previously placed in the genus Petronia following Dowsett & Forbes-Watson (1993); Sibley & Monroe (1990, 1993).

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
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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 Does not normally occur in forest
Land mass type Average mass 18.39999962 g
Extent of occurrence (EOO)

Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 7,800,000
Extent of Occurrence non-breeding (km2) 7,500,000
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -
Population and trend
Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals unknown not applicable not applicable 0
Population trend Stable suspected -
Decline (3 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (5 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (10 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (10 years/3 generation future) - - -
Decline (10 years/3 generation past and future) - - -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulations - - -

Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as locally common (Clement 1999).

Trend justification: The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

Country/territory distribution
Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Resident Breeding Non-breeding Passage
Benin N Extant Yes
Burkina Faso N Extant Yes
Cameroon N Extant Yes
Central African Republic N Extant Yes
Chad N Extant Yes
Côte d'Ivoire N Extant Yes
Eritrea N Extant Yes
Ethiopia N Extant Yes
Gambia N Extant Yes
Ghana N Extant Yes
Guinea N Extant Yes
Guinea-Bissau N Extant Yes
Mali N Extant Yes
Mauritania N Extant Yes
Niger N Extant Yes
Nigeria N Extant Yes
Senegal N Extant Yes
Sierra Leone N Extant Yes
South Sudan N Extant Yes
Sudan N Extant
Togo N Extant Yes
Uganda N Extant Yes
Yemen N Extant Yes

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)
Country/Territory IBA Name
Benin Pendjari National Park
Benin W du Bénin National Park
Burkina Faso Arli - W - Singou complex
Burkina Faso Kaboré Tambi - Nazinga - Sissili complex
Burkina Faso Lake Kompienga
Burkina Faso Ouagadougou forest
Cameroon Bénoué National Park
Cameroon Faro National Park
Cameroon Gashiga - Demsa
Cameroon Lake Maga
Cameroon Logone flood-plain
Cameroon Mayo-Louti Forest Reserve
Cameroon Mbam Djerem National Park
Cameroon Ngaoundaba Ranch
Cameroon Waza National Park
Central African Republic Bamingui-Bangoran National Park complex
Central African Republic Manovo - Gounda - St Floris National Park complex
Chad Binder - Léré
Chad Manda National Park
Côte d'Ivoire Comoe National Park
Eritrea Gulf of Zula
Eritrea Mareb escarpment
Eritrea Western Plain: Barka river
Eritrea Western Plain: Gash - Setit
Ethiopia Aliyu Amba - Dulecha
Ethiopia Bahir Dar - Lake Tana
Ethiopia Bishoftu lake
Ethiopia Fogera plains
Ethiopia Gambella National Park
Ethiopia Jemma and Jara valleys
Ethiopia Koka dam and Lake Gelila
Gambia Kiang West National Park
Gambia Prufu - Darsilami area
Ghana Damongo Scarp Forest Reserve
Ghana Digya National Park
Ghana Gambaga Scarp (East) Forest Reserve
Ghana Gbele Resource Reserve
Ghana Kalakpa Resource Reserve
Ghana Kyabobo (proposed) National Park
Ghana Mole National Park
Ghana Tankwidi Forest Reserve
Guinea Badiar
Guinea Chutes de la Sala
Guinea Grandes Chutes
Guinea Kabitaï
Guinea Mafou
Guinea Nialama
Guinea-Bissau Dulombi
Guinea-Bissau Lagoas de Cufada
Guinea-Bissau Rio Tombali, Rio Cumbijã and Ilha de Melo
Mali Boucle du Baoulé
Mali Falaise de Bandiagara
Mali Sirakoroni - Tyènfala
Niger 'W' National Park
Niger Dallol Boboye
Niger Makalondi district
Nigeria Amurum woodlands (Taboru)
Nigeria Assop Falls and hills
Nigeria Chad Basin National Park: Chingurmi - Duguma Sector
Nigeria Falgore and Lame Burra Game Reserves
Nigeria Gashaka-Gumti National Park
Nigeria Hadejia-Nguru wetlands
Nigeria Kagoro - Nindam Forest Reserves and vicinity
Nigeria Kainji Lake National Park
Nigeria Kamuku National Park
Nigeria Lower Kaduna - Middle Niger flood-plain
Nigeria Pandam Wildlife Park
Nigeria Sambisa Game Reserve
Nigeria Sunvit Farm
Nigeria Yankari Game Reserve
Senegal Delta du Saloum
Senegal Ferlo North
Senegal River Sénégal (Ntiagar to Richard-Toll)
South Sudan Ashana
South Sudan Bandingilo
South Sudan Imatong mountains
South Sudan Juba
South Sudan Kidepo
South Sudan Nimule
South Sudan Radom
South Sudan Southern National Park
South Sudan Sudd (Bahr-el-Jebel system)
Sudan Dinder
Sudan Lake Kundi
Togo Kéran National Park
Togo Oti Valley Faunal Reserve

Habitats & altitude
Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Desert Hot suitable resident
Grassland Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable resident
Savanna Dry suitable resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable resident
Altitude 250 - 1900 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Purpose Primary form used Life stage used Source Scale Level Timing
Pets Whole Adults and juveniles Wild International Non-trivial Recent

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Species factsheet: Gymnoris dentata. Downloaded from on 16/06/2019. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2019) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 16/06/2019.