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Archbold's Bowerbird Archboldia papuensis

Justification
This poorly known and apparently highly localised species is thought to have a moderately small population which may be declining owing to habitat loss; it therefore is classified as Near Threatened. If it was found to be more numerous than currently known it may be downlisted.

Taxonomic source(s)
Frith, C. B.; Gibbs, D.; Turner, K. 1995. The taxonomic status of populations of Archbold's Bowerbird (Archboldia papuensis) in New Guinea. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 115: 109-114.

Taxonomic note
Archboldia papuensis and A. sanfordi (Sibley and Monroe 1990, 1993) have been lumped into A. papuensis following Frith et al. (1995).

Distribution and population
Archboldia papuensis is very patchily distributed in the Central Ranges of New Guinea, from the Weyland Mountains of Papua (formerly Irian Jaya), Indonesia, to the highlands provinces of Papua New Guinea. It is generally rare but locally moderately common.

Trend justification
There are no data on population trends, but this species is suspected to be in decline owing to habitat loss.

Ecology
It inhabits high altitude forests, often with Pandanus on high frost-disturbed plateaus from 2,300-3,660 m, and rarely as low as 1,750 m (Beehler et al. 1986, Coates 1990).

Threats
Subpopulation sizes and inter-site dispersal is unknown; it may be at risk of population fragmentation (A. Mack in litt. 1999). It is threatened by logging on two mountains in its tiny range of only c.800 km2 in Papua New Guinea (Beehler 1985, Collar 1986), but the larger Papuan populations are judged to be safe.

Conservation Actions Underway
None is known. Conservation Actions Proposed
Monitor populations in the locations where it is known to occur. Survey to discover additional populations. Protect forest at sites where it occurs.

References
Beehler, B. 1985. Conservation of New Guinea rainforest birds. In: Diamond, A.W.; Lovejoy, T.E. (ed.), Conservation of tropical forest birds, pp. 233-247. International Council for Bird Preservation, Cambridge, U.K.

Beehler, B. M.; Pratt, T. K.; Zimmerman, D. A. 1986. Birds of New Guinea. Princeton University Press, Princeton.

Coates, B. J. 1990. The birds of Papua New Guinea, 2: passerines. Dove, Alderley, Australia.

Collar, N. J. 1986. Red Data Bird: the Tomba Bowerbird. World Birdwatch 8(1): 5.

Frith, C. B.; Gibbs, D.; Turner, K. 1995. The taxonomic status of populations of Archbold's Bowerbird (Archboldia papuensis) in New Guinea. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 115: 109-114.

Sibley, C. G.; Monroe, B. L. 1990. Distribution and taxonomy of birds of the world. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.

Sibley, C. G.; Monroe, B. L. 1993. A supplement to 'Distribution and taxonomy of birds of the world'. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.

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., Khwaja, N., Mahood, S., O'Brien, A. & Symes, A.

Contributors
Mack, A.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Archboldia papuensis. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 31/07/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 31/07/2014.

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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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Near Threatened
Family Ptilonorhynchidae (Bowerbirds)
Species name author Rand, 1940
Population size mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 721,000 km2
Country endemic? No
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