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This recently described species has an extremely small range and population which continues to decline owing to habitat loss (Whitney and Alvarez Alonso 2006). For these reasons it is classified as Critically Endangered.
SACC. 2006. A classification of the bird species of South America. Available at: http://www.museum.lsu.edu/~Remsen/SACCBaseline.html.
A typical gnatcatcher. Largely pale grey with a thin black bill, black eye with a conspicuous broken white eyering, black legs and white corners to the tail. Has a uniformly grey throat and chest, with a white belly, undertail coverts and undertail. Males lack any black on the head, shown in all other species bar one. Similar spp None within the range. Voice Can be distinguished from other gnatcatchers by "inverted chevron-shaped" introductory notes to its song, followed by a series of evenly spaced notes delivered at a faster pace.
Shany, N.; Díaz Alván, J.; Álvarez Alonzo, J. 2007. Iquitos Gnatcatcher Polioptila clementsi. Neotropical Birding: 67.
Whitney, B.M.; Alonso, J. A. 2005. A new species of gnatcatcher from white-sand forests of northern Amazonian Peru with revision of the Polioptila guianensis complex. Wilson Bulletin 117: 113-127.
Text account compilers
Bird, J., Butchart, S., Calvert, R., Sharpe, C J & Symes, A.
Alvarez, J., Hennessey, A., Shany, N. & Whitney, B.
BirdLife International (2013) Species factsheet: Polioptila clementsi. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/12/2013. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2013) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/12/2013.
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||Critically Endangered|
|Species name author||Whitney & Alvarez Alonso, 2005|
|Population size||50-249 mature individuals|
|Distribution size (breeding/resident)||19 km2|
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