Yellow-billed Shrike Corvinella corvina


Taxonomic note

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 Low
Land mass type Average mass -
Extent of occurrence (EOO)

Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 7,200,000 medium
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -
Population and trend
Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals unknown not applicable not applicable 0
Population trend Unknown not applicable -
Decline (3 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (5 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (10 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (10 years/3 generation future) - - -
Decline (10 years/3 generation past and future) - - -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulations - - -
Generation length (yrs) 4.5 - - -

Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as locally common to uncommon (Harris and Franklin 2000).

Trend justification: The trend direction for this population is difficult to determine given that there is evidence for both regional increases and decreases (Harris and Franklin 2000).

Country/territory distribution
Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Resident Breeding Non-breeding Passage
Benin N Extant Yes
Burkina Faso N Extant Yes
Cameroon N Extant Yes
Central African Republic N Extant Yes
Chad N Extant Yes
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the N Extant Yes
Côte d'Ivoire N Extant Yes
Gambia N Extant Yes
Ghana N Extant Yes
Guinea N Extant Yes
Guinea-Bissau N Extant Yes
Kenya N Extant Yes
Mali N Extant Yes
Mauritania N Extant Yes
Niger N Extant Yes
Nigeria N Extant Yes
Senegal N Extant Yes
Sierra Leone N Extant Yes
South Sudan N Extant Yes
Sudan N Extant
Togo N Extant Yes
Uganda N Extant Yes

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)
Country/Territory IBA Name
Benin Lake Ahémé and Aho complex
Benin Lake Nokoué
Benin Ouémé river basin
Benin Pendjari National Park
Benin W du Bénin National Park
Burkina Faso Arli - W - Singou complex
Burkina Faso Bérégadougou hill
Burkina Faso Diéfoula - Logoniégué forest
Burkina Faso Kaboré Tambi - Nazinga - Sissili complex
Burkina Faso Lake Kompienga
Burkina Faso Ouagadougou forest
Cameroon Bénoué National Park
Cameroon Faro National Park
Cameroon Gashiga - Demsa
Cameroon Mayo-Louti Forest Reserve
Cameroon Ngaoundaba Ranch
Central African Republic André Félix National Park complex
Central African Republic Bamingui-Bangoran National Park complex
Central African Republic Bozoum
Central African Republic Manovo - Gounda - St Floris National Park complex
Chad Ouadi Rimé - Ouadi Achim
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Garamba National Park
Côte d'Ivoire Comoe National Park
Gambia Kiang West National Park
Gambia Prufu - Darsilami area
Ghana Bui National Park
Ghana Damongo Scarp Forest Reserve
Ghana Digya National Park
Ghana Gambaga Scarp (East) Forest Reserve
Ghana Gbele Resource Reserve
Ghana Mole National Park
Ghana Shai Hills Resource Reserve
Guinea Balandougou
Guinea Chutes de la Sala
Guinea Grandes Chutes
Guinea Kabitaï
Guinea Mafou
Guinea-Bissau Cantanhez forests
Guinea-Bissau Dulombi
Guinea-Bissau Lagoas de Cufada
Guinea-Bissau Rio Mansôa and Gêba estuary
Guinea-Bissau Rio Tombali, Rio Cumbijã and Ilha de Melo
Kenya Mount Elgon (Kenya)
Mali Boucle du Baoulé
Mali Falaise de Bandiagara
Mali Sirakoroni - Tyènfala
Niger 'W' National Park
Niger Makalondi district
Nigeria Amurum woodlands (Taboru)
Nigeria Assop Falls and hills
Nigeria Chad Basin National Park: Chingurmi - Duguma Sector
Nigeria Donga river basin forests
Nigeria Falgore and Lame Burra Game Reserves
Nigeria Gashaka-Gumti National Park
Nigeria Hadejia-Nguru wetlands
Nigeria IITA Forest Reserve, Ibadan
Nigeria Kagoro - Nindam Forest Reserves and vicinity
Nigeria Kainji Lake National Park
Nigeria Kamuku National Park
Nigeria Pandam Wildlife Park
Nigeria Sunvit Farm
Nigeria Yankari Game Reserve
Senegal Delta du Saloum
Senegal Ferlo South
Senegal La Petite Côte
Senegal Niayes (from Dakar to St Louis)
Senegal Parc National du Niokolo-Koba
South Sudan Ashana
South Sudan Bandingilo
South Sudan Imatong mountains
South Sudan Juba
South Sudan Kidepo
South Sudan Nimule
South Sudan Southern National Park
South Sudan Sudd (Bahr-el-Jebel system)
Sudan Jebel Marra
Sudan Lake Kundi
Togo Kéran National Park
Togo Oti Valley Faunal Reserve
Uganda Kidepo Valley National Park
Uganda Mount Elgon National Park
Uganda Mount Kei Forest Reserve
Uganda Murchison Falls National Park

Habitats & altitude
Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable Land suitable resident
Artificial/Terrestrial Rural Gardens suitable resident
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland suitable resident
Grassland Subtropical/Tropical Dry major resident
Savanna Dry major resident
Altitude 500 - 2200 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Purpose Primary form used Life stage used Source Scale Level Timing
Pets Whole Adults and juveniles Wild Non-trivial Recent

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2018) Species factsheet: Corvinella corvina. Downloaded from on 12/12/2018. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2018) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 12/12/2018.