Western Wattled Cuckooshrike Lobotos lobatus


Taxonomic note

Lobotos lobatus (del Hoyo and Collar 2016) was previously listed as Campephaga lobata.


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.

IUCN Red list criteria met and history
Red List criteria met
Critically Endangered Endangered Vulnerable
- - A2c+3c+4c

Red List history
Year Category Criteria
2018 Vulnerable A2c+3c+4c
2016 Vulnerable A2c+3c
2012 Vulnerable A2c+3c+4c
2008 Vulnerable A2c; A3c; A4c
2004 Vulnerable
2000 Vulnerable
1996 Vulnerable
1994 Vulnerable
1988 Threatened
Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency Medium
Land mass type Land-mass type - continent
Average mass -

Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 432,000 medium
Number of locations 11-100 -
Severely Fragmented -
Population and trend
Value Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals poor estimated 1997
Population trend Decreasing medium 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) 30-49 - - -
Decline (10 years/3 generation past and future) 30-49 - - -
Number of subpopulations 2-100 - - -
Percentage in largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 4.6 - - -

Population justification: In Liberia, the population has been estimated at a minimum of 20,000 pairs (Gatter 1997) and thus, the total population has been placed in the range 20,000-49,999 individuals. However, the number given for Liberia may be a significant overestimate (J. Lindsell in litt. 2012), on one hand because the species may be absent from apparently suitable forest, on the other hand because the overall population may have experienced serious declines over the past three generations (14 years). New data are therefore required to refine this population estimate.

Trend justification: The population is suspected to be declining in line with high rates of forest clearance within the species's range. A population decline was evident in the Gola Forest in Sierra Leone by 1988-1989 (Allport et al. 1989). The species was seen twice during extensive surveys in 2007 (F. Dowsett-Lemaire and R. J. Dowsett per E. Klop in litt. 2007) and not since, while it was still seen frequently in the 1970s (J. Lindsell in litt. 2007, 2012). Reasons for the apparent decline in the Gola Forest are unknown, as there are no obvious changes in forest structure (J. Lindsell in litt. 2012).

Country/territory distribution
Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Resident Breeding Non-breeding Passage
Côte d'Ivoire N Extant Yes
Ghana N Extant Yes
Guinea N Extant Yes
Liberia N Extant Yes
Sierra Leone N Extant Yes

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)
Country/Territory IBA Name
Côte d'Ivoire Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve
Côte d'Ivoire Marahoue National Park
Côte d'Ivoire Parc National de Taï et Réserve de faune du N'Zo
Côte d'Ivoire Mopri Forest Reserve
Ghana Ankasa Resource Reserve - Nini-Sushien National Park
Guinea Massif du Ziama
Liberia Lofa-Gola-Mano Complex
Liberia Nimba mountains
Liberia Cestos - Senkwen
Liberia Grebo
Sierra Leone Gola Forests
Guinea Pic de Fon
Côte d'Ivoire Besso Classified Forest
Côte d'Ivoire Haute Dodo Classified Forest
Sierra Leone Gola Forest Reserve

Habitats & altitude
Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Plantations suitable resident
Artificial/Terrestrial Subtropical/Tropical Heavily Degraded Former Forest suitable resident
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland major resident
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Swamp major resident
Wetlands (inland) Permanent Rivers/Streams/Creeks (includes waterfalls) suitable resident
Altitude 0 - 700 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Threats & impact
Threat (level 1) Threat (level 2) Impact and Stresses
Agriculture & aquaculture Annual & perennial non-timber crops - Small-holder farming Timing Scope Severity Impact
Ongoing Majority (50-90%) Slow, Significant Declines Medium Impact: 6
Ecosystem degradation, Ecosystem conversion
Biological resource use Logging & wood harvesting - Unintentional effects: (large scale) [harvest] Timing Scope Severity Impact
Ongoing Majority (50-90%) Slow, Significant Declines Medium Impact: 6
Ecosystem degradation, Ecosystem conversion

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Species factsheet: Lobotos lobatus. Downloaded from on 05/07/2022. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2022) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 05/07/2022.