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Hooded Treepie Crypsirina cucullata
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This species occurs within a moderately small range and is thought to have a moderately small and fragmented population. It is suspected to be declining as a result of habitat loss, and is therefore considered Near Threatened.

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
Crypsirina cucullata is endemic to the dry zone of central Myanmar, on the plains of the Irrawaddy and Sittang Rivers (BirdLife International 2001). It was formerly common, but has declined sharply as a result of habitat loss through agricultural development. However, recent surveys have found it to remain locally common in extensive areas of suitable habitat.

Population justification
The population size of this species has not been quantified; it is considered common in suitable habitats.

Trend justification
Recent data are lacking on the status of this species, but observations have suggested a slow to moderate decline in line with habitat loss across its range.

This species occurs in dry dipterocarp forest, dry thornscrub, secondary growth and the edge of agricultural land in the lowlands to 1,000 m.

The forests of the Irrawaddy plains are now largely cleared for agriculture, and remaining patches are threatened by further clearance and subsistence logging.

Conservation Actions Underway
No targeted conservation actions are known for this species, although some of its habitat is protected.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Conduct repeated surveys within the species's range to determine current distribution and abundance, as well as assess population trends and rates of habitat loss. Conduct ecological studies to improve understanding of its precise habitat requirements, tolerance of secondary habitats and response to fragmentation. Campaign for the protection of remaining extensive tracts of forest on the Irwaddy plains.

BirdLife International. 2001. Threatened birds of Asia: the BirdLife International Red Data Book. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K.

del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Christie, D. 2009. Handbook of the Birds of the World, vol. 14: Bush-shrikes to Old World Sparrows. 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
Benstead, P., Gilroy, J., Taylor, J.

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Crypsirina cucullata. 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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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Near Threatened
Family Corvidae (Crows and jays)
Species name author Jerdon, 1862
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 112,000 km2
Country endemic? Yes
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