Stripe-cheeked Bulbul (Arizelocichla milanjensis): Revise global status?

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4 Responses to Stripe-cheeked Bulbul (Arizelocichla milanjensis): Revise global status?

  1. James Bradley says:

    This form needs some serious taxonomic work. The taxon disjunctus in the East Zim highlands is a different species and has been incorrectly lumped with milanjensis. The bird in the East Zim highlands is more consistent with kikuyuensis Mountain Greenbul than with milanjensis. The Stripe-cheeked/faced (which is the sister bird to A. montanus of west Africa) is a bird of volcanoes and East Arc shield rock. The mountain group (kikuyuensis in it’s various guises) is a bird of domed ground associated with tectonic uplift but not necessarily volcanic. Milanjensis is restricted to southern Malawi and Gorongosa and should be considered separately from disjunctus in Zim-Moz. I have slides prepared detailing these differences if they are of interest but disjunctus is a Mountain Greenbul, not a Stripe-faced.

  2. Red List Team (BirdLife International) says:

    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

  3. Red List Team (BirdLife International) says:

    Preliminary proposal

    Based on available information, our preliminary proposal for the 2021 Red List would be to adopt the proposed classifications outlined in the initial forum discussion.

    There is now a period for further comments until the final deadline in mid-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.

  4. Red List Team (BirdLife International) says:

    Recommended categorisation to be put forward to IUCN

    The final categorisation for this species has not changed. Stripe-cheeked Bulbul is recommended to be listed as Near Threatened, approaching listing as threatened under Criterion A3c+4c.

    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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