Stripe-cheeked Bulbul Arizelocichla milanjensis


Justification of Red List category
This species is suspected to undergo moderately rapid declines in future owing to ongoing habitat loss and degradation across its range. It is therefore classified as Near Threatened.

Population justification
The pre-split species was observed at densities of 30-138 birds/km2 (del Hoyo et al. 2020). Based on a maximum AOO of 48,968 km2 (BirdLife International 2021) the population may number 1,469,040 - 6,757,584 individuals. This is roughly equivalent to 984,256 - 4,527,581 mature individuals, rounded here to 984,000 - 4,528,000 mature individuals.

Trend justification
The population is suspected to be declining due to ongoing forest loss across its range. Data from Global Forest Watch (2021) suggests that the rate of decline in the future will likely fall in the range of 20-29%.

Distribution and population

This species is found in south-east Malawi, eastern Zimbabwe, and in Mozambique (del Hoyo et al. 2020).


The species inhabits montane and submontane forest, riverine forest, as well as adjacent scrub and thicket. It will also inhabit plantations, and persists in both forest interior and edge habitats (del Hoyo et al. 2020).


This species is threatened by deforestation which is occurring throughout its range (Global Forest Watch 2021).

Conservation actions

Conservation and Research Actions Underway
No actions are currently known for this species.

Conservation and Research Actions ProposedMonitor population trends to assess the effects of deforestation on the population size.


Text account compilers
Clark, J.

Butchart, S., Ekstrom, J. & Khwaja, N.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Arizelocichla milanjensis. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/stripe-cheeked-bulbul-arizelocichla-milanjensis on 29/09/2023. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org on 29/09/2023.