Western Yellow-spotted Barbet Buccanodon dowsetti


Justification of Red List category
This newly-split species has an extremely 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). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the threshold for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years of 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.

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but it has been described as a relatively common species (B. Phalan in litt. 2020).

Trend justification
The species is tentatively assessed as being in decline due to habitat loss per Tracewski et al. (2016).

Distribution and population

This species has a range that extends from Sierra Leone to southern Ghana (Boesman and Collar 2019).


This species has historically suffered from habitat loss, but it is tolerant of a considerable amount of habitat degradation (B. Phalan in litt. 2020).


Text account compilers
Clark, J.

Phalan, B.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Buccanodon dowsetti. Downloaded from on 28/11/2023.
Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 28/11/2023.