This discussion was first published as part of the 2013 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2014.
Bedford’s Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone bedfordi is restricted to the Democratic Republic of Congo where it occurs as two disjunct populations, one in north-east Ituri and the other west of Itombwe (Urban et al. 1997). The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as rare to frequent within its range (del Hoyo et al. 2006). It is currently listed as Near Threatened under criterion B1ab(i,ii,iii,iv,v) because it was thought likely to have a moderately small range, which may be in decline owing to habitat loss and degradation.
However, recent remapping of this species’s range has shown that it is larger than previously thought, with an Extent of Occurrence (EOO) of 42,600km2. If this information is confirmed, this species would no longer qualify as Near Threatened, on the basis that its EOO does not approach 20,000km2, and should warrant downlisting to Least Concern, providing its population size is not thought to approach 10,000 mature individuals, with all individuals in one subpopulation or all subpopulations approaching 1,000 mature individuals; and it is not suspected to be declining at a rate of ≥25% in three generations (17 years).
Further information is required on the population distribution, size and trends of this species. Additional comments on the proposed downlisting are also welcome.
del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A. and Christie, D. (2006) Handbook of the Birds of the World, vol. 11: Old World Flycatchers to Old World Warblers. Lynx Edicions: Barcelona, Spain.
Urban, E. K., Fry, C. H. and Keith, S. (1997) The birds of Africa vol. V. Academic Press: London.