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Short-tailed Frogmouth Batrachostomus poliolophus

Justification
This forest-dependent species is listed as Near Threatened because it is suspected to be undergoing a moderately rapid decline owing to the extensive loss of lowland forests in Sumatra. It is not considered more threatened because it occurs in lower montane forest where habitat loss has been less rapid.

Taxonomic source(s)
del Hoyo, J.; Collar, N. J.; Christie, D. A.; Elliott, A.; Fishpool, L. D. C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International.

Distribution and population
Batrachostomus poliolophus is endemic to Sumatra, Indonesia, where it is known from a small number of records from the Barisan range, but is presumably greatly under-recorded because it is nocturnal (BirdLife International 2001).

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as uncommon and little known (Cleere 1998).

Trend justification
Forest destruction in the Sumatran lowlands has been extensive, but this species's ability to persist at higher elevations suggests that it is not suffering more than a moderately rapid decline.

Ecology
The species occurs in sub-montane primary forest and mixed pine forest between 660 and 1,400 m. It feeds on insects.

Threats
Deforestation in the lower part of its altitudinal range is a threat, even within the protected areas in its range, such as Kerinci-Seblat National Park (P. Benstead pers. obs. 2001).

Conservation Actions Underway
No species-specific actions are known, although it does occur within a number of protected areas inside its range. Conservation Actions Proposed
Using available knowledge of the species call, conduct surveys to improve understanding of the species's range and habitat association. Assess the main threats based on this work. Increase the area of suitable habitat that has protected status.

References
BirdLife International. 2001. Threatened birds of Asia: the BirdLife International Red Data Book. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K.

Cleere, N. 1998. Nightjars: a guide to nightjars and related nightbirds. Pica Press, Robertsbridge, UK.

Cleere, N. 1998. Nightjars: a guide to nightjars and related nightbirds. Pica Press, Robertsbridge, UK.

Cleere, N.; Nurney, D. 1998. Nightjars: a guide to nightjars and related nightbirds. Pica Press, Robertsbridge, U.K.

Cleere, N.; Nurney, D. 1998. Nightjars: a guide to nightjars and related nightbirds. Pica Press, Robertsbridge, U.K.

Further web sources of information
Detailed species accounts from the Threatened birds of Asia: the BirdLife International Red Data Book (BirdLife International 2001).

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Text account compilers
Benstead, P., Bird, J., Taylor, J.

Contributors
Benstead, P.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Batrachostomus poliolophus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/08/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/08/2014.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Additional resources for this species

ARKive species - Short-tailed frogmouth (Batrachostomus poliolophus) 0

Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Near Threatened
Family Podargidae (Frogmouths)
Species name author Hartert, 1892
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 93,400 km2
Country endemic? Yes
Links to further information
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