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Yellow-breasted Bird-of-paradise Loboparadisea sericea
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Secretive, poorly known and apparently absent from large areas of seemingly suitable habitat, this species appears to have a moderately small population which is declining owing to mining and logging activities. It is therefore classified as 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
Loboparadisea sericea is patchily distributed along the Central Ranges of New Guinea (Papua, formerly Irian Jaya, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea). It is locally common, for instance in primary montane forest at 1,400-2,000 m on Crater Mountain (A. Mack and D. Wright 2000), but often uncommon or absent from seemingly appropriate habitats for unknown reasons, and may be split into isolated sub-populations. However, it may be overlooked because of its unobtrusive habits and rugged, rarely visited habitat.

Population justification
The population size of this species has not been quantified, but it is described as locally common.

Trend justification
There are no data on population trends; however, the species is suspected to be in slow decline, owing to logging and mining within its elevational range.

It inhabits montane forest, rarely visiting secondary habitats, from 600-2,000 m but mostly above 1,200 m (K. D. Bishop in litt. 1994, Frith and Beehler 1998).

Although locally threatened in sites such as the Ok Tedi Mine (P. Gregory in litt. 1994), the majority of its range is safe from logging and large-scale habitat degradation (K. D. Bishop in litt. 1994, Frith and Beehler 1998).

Conservation Actions Underway
CITES Appendix II. Conservation Actions Proposed
Monitor populations at known sites. Study its ecology to attempt to determine the reasons for its absence from areas of seemingly suitable habitat. Protect primary forest at suitable altitudes in areas where it is known to occur.

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.

Frith, C. B.; Beehler, B. M. 1998. The birds of paradise. Oxford University Press, Inc, New York.

Mack, A. L.; Wright, D. D. 2000. Notes on the Crested Cnemophilus macgregorii and Yellow-breasted Loboparadisea sericea Birds of Paradise. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 120: 186-188.

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
Dutson, G., Khwaja, N., Mahood, S., O'Brien, A.

Bishop, K., Gregory, P.

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Loboparadisea sericea. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016.

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 Cnemophilidae (Satin birds)
Species name author Rothschild, 1896
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 174,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
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