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Blackish-grey Antshrike Thamnophilus nigrocinereus

Justification

Based on a model of future deforestation in the Amazon basin, it is suspected that the population of this species will decline by 25-30% over the next three generations, and it has therefore been uplisted to Near Threatened.

Taxonomic source(s)
SACC. 2006. A classification of the bird species of South America. Available at: #http://www.museum.lsu.edu/~Remsen/SACCBaseline.html#.

Taxonomic note
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Identification
16-17 cm. Medium-sized, dimorphic antshrike. Male is blackish grey, with a pale belly and some white on the wings. Female has a blackish cap but is otherwise brown, paler below than above.

Distribution and population
Thamnophilus nigrocinereus is a polymorphic species of the Amazon Basin, generally locally common throughout its range. Subspecies cinereoniger occurs on the drainages of río Meta, in north-east Colombia, the upper Orinoco River, in south-west Venezuela, and the lower Rio Uaupés and Rio Negro, in north-west Amazonian Brazil. This taxon is present in a number of protected areas, including Rio Negro State Park (Brazil), Alto Orinoco-Casiquiare Biosphere Reserve and Yapacana National Park (both Venezuela). Subspecies tschudii is found along the lower Rio Madeira in eastern Amazonas, west-central Brazil. Subspecies huberi occurs along the lower Rio Tapajós in western Pará, east-central Brazil; it is fairly common in the Tapajós National Park. The nominate subspecies nigrocinereus occurs in east Brazil, ranging along the Amazon River and its tributaries from the mouth of Rio Tapajós eastwards to Amapá. Subspecies kulczynskii ranges from extreme northern Amapá into adjacent east French Guiana (del Hoyo et al. 2003).

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but this species is described as 'fairly common' (Stotz et al. (1996).

Trend justification
This species is suspected to lose 21.5-25.4% of suitable habitat within its distribution over three generations (15 years) based on a model of Amazonian deforestation (Soares-Filho et al. 2006, Bird et al. 2011). Given the susceptibility of the species to fragmentation and/or edge effects, it is therefore suspected to decline by a rate approaching 30% over three generations.

Ecology
This is an understorey and middle storey species of "várzea" (seasonally flooded forest), gallery forest and "cerrado" (dry savanna woodland). It is also known, less commonly, from upland forest and mangroves (del Hoyo et al. 2003).

Threats

The primary threat to this species is accelerating deforestation in the Amazon basin as land is cleared for cattle ranching and soy production, facilitated by expansion of the road network (Soares-Filho et al. 2006, Bird et al. 2011). It is thought likely to be particularly susceptible to fragmentation and edge effects (A. Lees in litt. 2011).

Conservation Actions Underway
None is known.

Conservation Actions Proposed

Expand the protected area network to effectively protect IBAs. Effectively resource and manage existing and new protected areas, utilising emerging opportunities to finance protected area management with the joint aims of reducing carbon emissions and maximizing biodiversity conservation. Conservation on private lands, through expanding market pressures for sound land management and preventing forest clearance on lands unsuitable for agriculture, is also essential (Soares-Filho et al. 2006). Campaign against proposed changes to the Brazilian Forest Code that would lead to a decrease in the width of the areas of riverine forest protected as Permanent Preservation Areas (APPs), which function as vital corridors in fragmented landscapes.

References
Bird, J. P.; Buchanan, J. M.; Lees, A. C.; Clay, R. P.; Develey, P. F.; Yépez, I.; Butchart, S. H. M. 2011. Integrating spatially explicit habitat projections into extinction risk assessments: a reassessment of Amazonian avifauna incorporating projected deforestation. Diversity and Distributions: doi: 10.1111/j.1472-4642.2011.00843.x.

del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Christie, D. 2003. Handbook of the Birds of the World, vol. 8: Broadbills to Tapaculos. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.

Soares-Filho, B.S.; Nepstad, D.C.; Curran, L.M.; Cerqueira, G.C.; Garcia, R. A.; Ramos, C. A.; Voll, E.; McDonald, A.; Lefebvre, P.; Schlesinger, P. 2006. Modelling conservation in the Amazon basin. Nature 440(7083): 520-523.

Stotz, D. F.; Fitzpatrick, J. W.; Parker, T. A.; Moskovits, D. K. 1996. Neotropical birds: ecology and conservation. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

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Text account compilers
Butchart, S., Ekstrom, J., Khwaja, N., Symes, A.

Contributors
Lees, A.

IUCN Red List evaluators
Butchart, S., Taylor, J.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Thamnophilus nigrocinereus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/08/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/08/2014.

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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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Near Threatened
Family Thamnophilidae (Antbirds)
Species name author Sclater, 1855
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 1,970,000 km2
Country endemic? No
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