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Rufous-tailed Antbird Drymophila genei
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This species has been downlisted from Near Threatened because its range is larger than previously thought. It is listed as being of Least Concern on the basis that it does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under any criteria.

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

Distribution and population
Drymophila genei occurs in montane forests of south-eastern Brazil (south Espírito Santo, south-east Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro and north-east São Paulo) (Ridgely and Tudor 1994, Parker et al. 1996). It has been recorded at eight sites, most of which are isolated patches of habitat (J. M. Goerck in litt. 2000).

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but this species is generally described as 'common' (Stotz et al. 1996) and locally common anywhere above 1,600 m in Serra dos Orgaos National Park and Tres Picos State Park, Rio de Janeiro State (A. Foster in litt. 2013).

Trend justification
Despite a lack of data on population trends, a slow to moderate decline is suspected owing to habitat degradation in parts of the species's range, as well as the effects of population isolation due to extreme fragmentation. Some local populations in Rio de Janeiro state appear to have been stable since c.2003 (A. Foster in litt. 2013), implying that the overall rate of decline is not rapid or moderately rapid.

It is common at 1,000-2,200 m in bamboo-dominated lower growth of montane Atlantic forest and secondary woodland.

Montane forests have not suffered the same extensive loss as adjacent lowlands, but there has been some clearance for pasture and cultivation, especially in the north of its range (Stattersfield et al. 1998). Threats to the species in parts of Rio de Janeiro state appear to be limited, with many occupied areas now protected against further development, although habitat damage caused by fires is still a concern (A. Foster in litt. 2013).

Conservation Actions Underway
No targeted conservation actions are known for this species, although it occurs in some protected areas.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Carry out repeat surveys of known sites to determine rates of range contraction and population trends. Conduct surveys of suitable habitats within and surrounding the known range to determine its true distribution and abundance. Ensure that remaining tracts of suitable habitat receive adequate protection.

Parker, T. A.; Stotz, D. F.; Fitzpatrick, J. W. 1996. Ecological and distributional databases. In: Stotz, D.F.; Fitzpatrick, J.W.; Parker, T.A.; Moskovits, D.K. (ed.), Neotropical bird ecology and conservation, pp. 113-436. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

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

Stattersfield, A. J.; Crosby, M. J.; Long, A. J.; Wege, D. C. 1998. Endemic bird areas of the world: priorities for bird conservation. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K.

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., Gilroy, J., Sharpe, C J & Taylor, J.

Foster, A. & Goerck, J.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Drymophila genei. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016.

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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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Least Concern
Family Thamnophilidae (Antbirds)
Species name author (De Filippi, 1847)
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 43,300 km2
Country endemic? Yes
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