Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to this discussion. We greatly appreciate the time and effort invested by so many people in commenting. The window for consultation is now closed. We will analyse and interpret the new information and post a preliminary decision on this species’s Red List status on this page in early July.
Thank you once again,
BirdLife Red List Team
Based on available information, our preliminary proposal for the 2021 Red List would be to list Chapin’s Flycatcher as Vulnerable under Criterion C2a(i).
Owing to its apparent rarity, taking the lower density quartiles of other flycatcher congeners, including the African Shrike-flycatcher, which also inhabits montane forests, of 1-6 individuals/sqkm (BirdLife Population Density Spreadsheet; Gatter 1997), and assuming that it inhabits 10% of the forest within its range (31,600 sqkm [Global Forest Watch 2021]), the population falls into the band of 2,107-12,640 mature individuals. On further consideration of the evidence, this can be considered an estimate.
There is now a period for further comments until the final deadline in late July, after which the recommended categorisations will be put forward to IUCN.
The final 2021 Red List categories will be published on the BirdLife and IUCN websites in December 2021, following further checking of information relevant to the assessments by both BirdLife and IUCN.
Gatter, W. (1997) Birds of Liberia. Mountfiled, Sussex, U.K.: Pica Press.
Recommended categorisation to be put forward to IUCN
The final categorisation for this species has not changed. Chapin’s Flycatcher is recommended to be listed as Vulnerable under Criterion C2a(i).
Many thanks for everyone who contributed to the 2021 GTB Forum process. The final 2021 Red List categories will be published on the BirdLife and IUCN websites in December 2021, following further checking of information relevant to the assessments by both BirdLife and IUCN.
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