This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Arborophila chloropus and A. merlini (Sibley and Monroe 1990, 1993) have been lumped into A. chloropus, contra McGowan (1994) who reported A. merlini differing from A. chloropus in having yellow not green legs and more distinct black scaling on the flanks and lower breast. At least one skin of chloropus (subspecies cognacqi) in the Natural History Museum, Tring does have yellowish legs (and is described so on the collector's label). The breast and flank scaling, although more consistent in merlini ('A. m. vivida' as no nominate merlini available and published differences negligible such that 'vivida' is not recognised by some authorities), is apparent in some cognacqi, at least on the breast, and any differences on the flanks are hard to detect. The BirdLife Taxonomic Working Group feels, therefore, that the case for specific recognition of merlini is unjustified.
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Text account compilers
Butchart, S., Ekstrom, J., Harding, M.
IUCN Red List evaluators
Butchart, S., Symes, A.
BirdLife International (2013) Species factsheet: Arborophila chloropus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/05/2013. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2013) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/05/2013.
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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|Current IUCN Red List category||Least Concern|
|Family||Phasianidae (Grouse, pheasants and partridges)|
|Species name author||(Blyth, 1859)|
|Population size||mature individuals|
|Distribution size (breeding/resident)||-|
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