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Snow Mountain Robin Petroica archboldi
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This poorly known species is listed as Data Deficient because there is insufficient information available on its range, population and potential threats to allow a robust assessment of its threat status.

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


Distribution and population
Petroica archboldi is endemic to Papua (formerly Irian Jaya), Indonesia, where it is known only from the highest peaks of the Snow Mountains - Mts Jaya (Carstensz) and Trikora (Wilhelmina) (Beehler et al. 1986). There is a report of few individuals seen in or close to Gunung Lorentz reserve (S. van Balen in litt. 2000).

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species was originally described as common.

Trend justification
The population is suspected to be in decline owing to the possibly negative effects of mining operations (del Hoyo et al. 2007).

It is reported to be a conspicuous inhabitant of rocky habitats well above the tree line, from 3,850-4,150 m (Beehler et al. 1986).

Habitat at this altitude should be safe but it may be threatened locally from mines (A. Mack in litt. 2000) and may suffer from global warming which has melted the ice-cap on Mt Trikora in the last few decades (Beehler et al. 1986, D. Gibbs in litt. 2000).

Conservation Actions Underway
The 14,300 km2 Lorentz reserve protects suitable high altitude habitat. Conservation Actions Proposed
Survey suitable mountain peak habitat in the Snow Mountain range. Study its ecological requirements and potential threats.

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

del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Christie, D. 2007. Handbook of the Birds of the World, vol. 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.

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
Symes, A., Taylor, J.

Mack, A., van Balen, B.

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Petroica archboldi. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016.

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 - Snow Mountain robin (Petroica archboldi) 0

Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Data Deficient
Family Petroicidae (Australasian robins)
Species name author Rand, 1940
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 2,700 km2
Country endemic? Yes
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