This discussion was first published as part of the 2016 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding its status was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of this species as part of the 2017 Red List update this post remained open and the date of posting was updated.
BirdLife species factsheet for Yellow-footed Honeyguide: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/factsheet/22680659
This species is recorded from several scattered sites across west Africa including Cameroon, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria. This species is relatively poorly known, with no population estimates. It is described as rare, but this may be in part due to under recording. It has a relatively small EOO, and habitat clearance and degradation is suspected to be causing a continuing decline in this species’s EOO, and AOO. While this species can tolerate disturbed habitat, it does appear mainly reliant on forest and so continuing forest destruction may cause population declines. It is currently listed as Data Deficient, but given the fact that our knowledge of this species is growing it may now warrant reassessment.
It is not currently thought to fulfil any criteria for a threatened category, but it is likely to be rare throughout its limited and scattered range, and if estimates of population size and trends become available it may then qualify for a threatened category. Dowsett-Lemaire and Dowsett (2014) suggested that it is best considered as Near Threatened. We request any further information for this species regarding its potential to be classified as Near Threatened on the basis of a population that may be moderately small and in decline, and additionally regarding its population and any potential threats and population trends.
Dowsett-Lemaire, F.; Dowsett, R. 2014. The Birds of Ghana: an atlas and handbook. Tauraco Press, Liège, Belgium