LC
Steel-blue Whydah Vidua hypocherina



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 Does not normally occur in forest
Land mass type Average mass -
Distribution

Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 2,210,000 medium
Number of locations -
Severely Fragmented -
Population and trend
Value 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 - - -
Percentage in largest subpopulation - - -

Population justification: The population size of this species has not been quantified, but it is described as uncommon.

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
Ethiopia N Extant Yes
Kenya N Extant Yes
Somalia N Extant Yes
South Sudan V Extant Yes
Sudan N Extant Yes
Tanzania N Extant Yes
Uganda N Extant Yes

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)
Country/Territory IBA Name
Ethiopia Awash National Park
Ethiopia Abijatta - Shalla Lakes National Park
Ethiopia Nechisar National Park and surroundings
Ethiopia Mago National Park
Ethiopia Lower Wabi Shebelle river and Warder
Ethiopia Liben plains and Negele woodlands
Ethiopia Yabello Sanctuary
Ethiopia Dawa - Wachile
Ethiopia Lake Chew Bahir
Kenya Tsavo East National Park
Kenya Dida Galgalu desert
Kenya Meru National Park
Kenya Mwea National Reserve
Kenya Samburu and Buffalo Springs National Reserves
Kenya Shaba National Reserve
Kenya Amboseli National Park
Kenya Lake Baringo
Kenya Lake Bogoria National Reserve
Kenya Lake Magadi
South Sudan Kidepo
Somalia Gacan Libaax
Somalia Jowhar - Warshiikh
Somalia Jasiira lagoon and Muqdisho islets
Somalia Laag Dheere
Somalia Far Waamo
Somalia Laag Badaana
Tanzania Lake Manyara
Tanzania Ruaha National Park
Tanzania Serengeti National Park
Tanzania Tarangire National Park
Tanzania Lake Eyasi
Tanzania Lake Natron and Engaruka basin
Tanzania Usangu flats
Tanzania Wembere steppe
Tanzania Longido Game Controlled Area
Uganda Kidepo Valley National Park
Tanzania Lake Balangida Lelu

Habitats & altitude
Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Savanna Dry suitable resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Moist major resident
Altitude   Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Species factsheet: Vidua hypocherina. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 07/10/2022. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2022) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 07/10/2022.