This species has been uplisted to Near Threatened on the basis that it is suspected to be in moderately rapid decline owing to on-going forest loss and degradation.
Sibley, C. G.; Monroe, B. L. 1990. Distribution and taxonomy of birds of the world. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.
Gender agreement of species name follows David and Gosselin (2002a).
Irena cyanogaster Sibley and Monroe (1990, 1993)
The wholesale clearance of forest habitats in this species's range is taking place as a result of logging, conversion to agriculture and mining activities. Major road building plans pose a further threat. Illegal logging is frequent in some protected areas. Most remaining lowland forest is now leased to logging concessions or mining applications, and there are current explorations in high elevation areas. Mining for chromite and nickel represents a significant threat to many remaining forest areas (J. Ibanez in litt. 2007). On Dinagat, forest is being rapidly cleared for surface-mining (D. Allen in litt. 2011). Logging operations on Basilan in the 1960s, followed by clearance for agriculture and increased hunting, have undoubtedly impacted the species. Forest in some areas, especially in the lowlands, is being cleared under concession and re-planted with exotic trees for paper production. Soil erosion is also a problem in some areas. Anecdotal evidence that the species is affected by deforestation comes from the vast concession held by Paper Industries Corporation of the Philippines (PICOP), where it has declined tremendously over the last 10 years and is now difficult to find (R. Hutchinson in litt. 2012).
Conservation Actions Underway
The species occurs in a number of protected areas.
Conservation Actions Proposed
Carry out regular surveys to monitor the species's population trend. Monitor rates of habitat loss and degradation throughout its range. Increase the area of suitable habitat in protected areas. Improve the effectiveness of existing protected areas.
del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Christie, D. 2005. Handbook of the Birds of the World, vol. 10: Cuckoo-shrikes to Thrushes. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.
Kennedy, R. S.; Gonzales, P. C.; Dickinson, E. C.; Miranda, H. C., Jr.; Fisher, T. H. 2000. A guide to the birds of the Philippines. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
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Text account compilers
Butchart, S., Ekstrom, J., Taylor, J.
Allen, D., Hutchinson, R., Ibanez, J., Yong, D.
IUCN Red List evaluators
Butchart, S., Symes, A.
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Irena cyanogastra. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/05/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/05/2016.
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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|Current IUCN Red List category||Near Threatened|
|Species name author||Vigors, 1831|
|Population size||Unknown mature individuals|
|Distribution size (breeding/resident)||229,000 km2|
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