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White-fronted Black-chat Oenanthe albifrons



Taxonomy

Taxonomic note
Oenanthe albifrons (del Hoyo and Collar 2016) was previously placed in the genus Myrmecocichla following Dowsett & Forbes-Watson (1993); Sibley & Monroe (1990, 1993).

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
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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 21 g
Range

Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence (breeding/resident) 6,890,000 km2 medium
Severely fragmented? no -
Population
Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
Population size unknown - - -
Population trend stable - suspected -
Generation length 3.8 years - - -

Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as uncommon to locally common (del Hoyo et al. 2005).

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 Presence Origin Resident Breeding visitor Non-breeding visitor Passage migrant
Benin extant native yes
Burkina Faso extant native yes
Cameroon extant native yes
Central African Republic extant native yes
Chad extant native yes
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the extant native yes
Côte d'Ivoire extant native yes
Eritrea extant native yes
Ethiopia extant native yes
Gambia extant native yes
Ghana extant native yes
Guinea extant native yes
Guinea-Bissau extant native yes
Mali extant native yes
Mauritania extant vagrant yes
Niger extant native yes
Nigeria extant native yes
Senegal extant native yes
Sierra Leone extant native yes
South Sudan extant native yes
Sudan extant native yes
Togo extant native yes
Uganda extant native yes

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)
Country/Territory IBA Name
Burkina Faso Kaboré Tambi - Nazinga - Sissili complex
Benin Ouémé river basin
Central African Republic Manovo - Gounda - St Floris National Park complex
Central African Republic Bamingui-Bangoran National Park complex
Central African Republic Bozoum
Côte d'Ivoire Comoe National Park
Côte d'Ivoire Sangbe Mountain National Park
Cameroon Bénoué National Park
Cameroon Faro National Park
Cameroon Mbam Djerem National Park
Eritrea Mareb escarpment
Ethiopia Nechisar National Park and surroundings
Ghana Mole National Park
Gambia Kiang West National Park
Guinea Chutes de la Sala
Guinea Mafou
Guinea-Bissau Rio Mansôa and Gêba estuary
Guinea-Bissau Lagoas de Cufada
Guinea-Bissau Rio Tombali, Rio Cumbijã and Ilha de Melo
Guinea-Bissau Cantanhez forests
Mali Boucle du Baoulé
Mali Sirakoroni - Tyènfala
Mali Bafing
Niger 'W' National Park
Nigeria Gashaka-Gumti National Park
Nigeria Pandam Wildlife Park
Nigeria Yankari Game Reserve
Nigeria Kainji Lake National Park
Nigeria Amurum woodlands (Taboru)
Nigeria Kamuku National Park
Nigeria Falgore and Lame Burra Game Reserves
South Sudan Sudd (Bahr-el-Jebel system)
South Sudan Southern National Park
South Sudan Bandingilo
South Sudan Juba
South Sudan Imatong mountains
South Sudan Kidepo
South Sudan Nimule
Senegal Delta du Saloum
Senegal Parc National du Niokolo-Koba
Togo Kéran National Park
Ghana Gbele Resource Reserve
Ghana Digya National Park

Habitats & altitude
Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable Land suitable resident
Artificial/Terrestrial Pastureland suitable resident
Grassland Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable resident
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) suitable resident
Savanna Dry major resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable resident
Altitude   Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Species factsheet: Oenanthe albifrons. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/white-fronted-black-chat-oenanthe-albifrons on 23/02/2024.
Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2024) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org on 23/02/2024.