IUCN threat status:

Vulnerable (VU)

Distribution

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Range Description

Melaenornis annamarulae is endemic to the Upper Guinea rainforest block of West Africa, where it is known from Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cte d'Ivoire and Ghana. In Guinea, the species was previously known from Ziama (Urban et al. 1997), Dr Forest Reserve in 2003 (R. Demey in litt. 2007, H. Rainey in litt. 2007), and Pic de Fon, before a search in the south-east of the country in 2010 found a total of 15 pairs at four of seven sites surveyed: Douama (Binikala sous-prfecture), Sengbedou-Macenta sous-prfecture, Ttini Forest Reserve and Mount Bro Forest Reserve (Cond and Soumah 2010). In Sierra Leone it occurs in Gola Forest (two records in the late 1980s, c.475-690 birds estimated [Allport et al. 1989]; only one record in 2005-2007, thus very rare [E. Klop in litt. 2007, J. Lindsell in litt. 2007]), while in northern Liberia there are few records, including the foot of Mt Nimba, Grebo (R. Demey in litt. 2007), Glaro and Wologizi (Gatter 1997). In Cte d'Ivoire it is known from Ta National Park, Mont Pko National Park, Haute Dodo Forest Reserve (H. Rainey in litt. 2007), La Tn Forest Reserve, Mopri (Gartshore et al. 1995) and Marahou National Park (P. Christy per L. D. C. Fishpool verbally 1998) and in Ghana it was discovered in Atewa Range Forest Reserve in June 2006, followed by further records in 2007 and 2010 (Demey and Hester 2008, Borrow 2010)). In Ta National Park, it occurs at an estimated four birds per km2 (with a record from degraded land at the edge of the park) (Gartshore et al. 1995). It is generally rare throughout its range and difficult to detect, as it is a canopy species (H. Rainey in litt. 2007).

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