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Papuan Whipbird Androphobus viridis
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This poorly-known species is known  from only five sites on New Guinea and although it appears to occur at low population densities, it is secretive and likely to be overlooked unless singing. There is no information on its likely distribution extent, population size, trends or threats. For these reasons, it is classified as Data Deficient.

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
Androphobus viridis is a poorly-known species known from only five sites on New Guinea (Papua, formerly Irian Jaya, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea). It was collected at, but there have been no recent records from, Mt Goliath, the Lake Habbema/Ibele River region and the Weyland Mountains (all in the Snow Mountains) (Beehler et al. 1986). There are a series of recent sightings at Ambua, near Tari (Eastwood and Gregory 1995, P. Gregory in litt. 1999, G. Dutson in litt. 2010, P. Gregory in litt. 2010), in Wapoga in Papua (Mack and Alonso 2000) and a distinctive and unknown song recorded in the Star Mountains in 1992 may have been this species (K. D. Bishop in litt. 1994). As the Snow Mountains and the intervening range is little visited, it may occur more widely. Although it appears to occur at low population densities, it is secretive and likely to be overlooked unless singing (Mack and Alonso 2000).

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as apparently rare.

Trend justification
The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

Records are from montane forest at 1,400-2,700 m.

The montane forest from which it is known is unlikely to be threatened by extensive logging. Many areas occupied by the species, including steep mountainsides (B. Beehler in litt. 2010), will be inaccessible to loggers.

Conservation Actions Underway
None is known. Conservation Actions Proposed
Search areas where the species has been recently reported as well as historical sites and other areas of potentially suitable habitat. Study its voice, ecological requirements and 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.

Eastwood, C.; Gregory, P. 1995. Interesting sightings during 1993 & 1994. Muruk 7(3): 128-142.

Mack, A. L.; Alonso, L. E. 2000. A biological assessment of the Wapoga River Area of Northwestern Irian Jaya, Indonesia. Conservation International, Washington, DC.

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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View photos and videos and hear sounds of this species from the Internet Bird Collection

Text account compilers
Jiang, Y., Prie, V. & Gómez-Orellana Rodríguez, L.

Bandeira, S.

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Androphobus viridis. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016.

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 Data Deficient
Family Eupetidae (Whipbirds, wedgebills and jewel-babblers)
Species name author (Rothschild & Hartert, 1911)
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Stable
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 22,200 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
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