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Juan Fernandez Tit-tyrant Anairetes fernandezianus
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This species is classified as Near Threatened because it has an extremely small range on a single island. Although its population is currently thought to be stable, it is susceptible to stochastic events and human impacts.

Taxonomic source(s)
SACC. 2006. A classification of the bird species of South America. Available at: #

13 cm. Small streaky flycatcher. Ashy-grey upperparts. Black head and long spiny crest feathers, with some white streaking. Whitish underparts heavily streaked black. Female has shorter crest. Voice Not reported. Hints Conspicuous at woodland edges.

Distribution and population
Anairetes fernandezianus is endemic to Isla Robinson Crusoe in the Juan Fernández Islands, Chile (Ridgely and Tudor 1994). It is apparently common within this restricted range, and the population was estimated at a stable and secure 5,000 birds in the mid-1980s (Brooke 1987).

Population justification
The population was estimated at 5,000 individuals in the mid-1980s (del Hoyo et al. 2004)

Trend justification
The population was estimated to be stable and secure at 5,000 individuals in the mid-1980s (Brooke 1987).

It is found in all wooded habitats: undisturbed forest, luma Nothomyrica fernandeziana parkland (even where the understorey has been heavily degraded by cows), Eucalyptus woodland, and even (although not commonly) among the miscellany of exotic vegetation in Cumberland Bay (Brooke 1987).

Threats include predation by cats (Brooke 1987) and possible, but unquantified predation, by introduced Red-backed Hawk Buteo polysoma from Isla Alejandro Selkirk (Hahn and Römer 2002).

Conservation Actions Underway
The Juan Fernández Islands were designated as a national park in 1935 (protected from 1967) and a biosphere reserve in 1977. The Chilean government began a habitat restoration programme in 1997 (J. C. Torres-Mura in litt. 1999), and the islands have been nominated for World Heritage listing (Hulm 1995). Conservation Actions Proposed
Regularly monitor population to detect any trends. Implement control measures against cats. Study possible effects of predation by Red-backed Hawk and develop eradication plan if necessary.

Brooke, M. de L. 1987. The birds of the Juan Fernandez Islands, Chile. International Council for Bird Preservation, Cambridge, U.K.

del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Christie, D. 2004. Handbook of the Birds of the World, vol. 9: Cotingas to Pipits and Wagtails. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.

Hahn, I.; Römer, U. 2002. Threatened avifauna of the Juan Fernández archipelago, Chile: the impact of introduced mammals and conservation priorities. Cotinga 17: 66-72.

Hulm, P. 1995. Robinson Crusoe's Islands face an uncertain future. Plant Talk: 19-21.

Ridgely, R. S.; Tudor, G. 1994. The birds of South America. University of Texas Press, Austin, Texas.

Further web sources of information
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Text account compilers
Capper, D., O'Brien, A., Sharpe, C J

Torres-Mura, J.

IUCN Red List evaluators
Butchart, S., Symes, A.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Anairetes fernandezianus. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016.

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 - Juan Fernandez tit-tyrant (Anairetes fernandezianus)

Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Near Threatened
Family Tyrannidae (Tyrant-flycatchers)
Species name author (Philippi, 1857)
Population size mature individuals
Population trend Stable
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 90 km2
Country endemic? Yes
Links to further information
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