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). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to 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 population size is unknown, but the species is described as fairly common in Uganda and frquent and locally common in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (del Hoyo et al. 2006).
The population is suspected to be in decline owing to ongoing habitat destruction.
Text account compilers
Ekstrom, J., Butchart, S.
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Melaenornis ardesiacus. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/yellow-eyed-black-flycatcher-melaenornis-ardesiacus on 07/06/2023. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org on 07/06/2023.