Justification of Red List Category
This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as common (Harris and Franklin 2000).
The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.
This species is a bird of the Sudan-Guinea savanna and degraded farm bush to the north-west of the West African forest zone in Guinea-Bissau, Guinea and Sierra Leone (Dowsett and Forbes-Watson 1993).
In northern Sierra Leone the species is common in well wooded savanna but also occurs in grassland savanna where there are scattered trees remaining, and even occurs in gardens in urban areas (P. Robertson in litt. 1998). It can apparently withstand a good deal of habitat modification.
Text account compilers
Ekstrom, J., Butchart, S., Harding, M.
BirdLife International (2020) Species factsheet: Laniarius turatii. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 13/07/2020. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2020) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 13/07/2020.