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Long-tailed Paradigalla Paradigalla carunculata
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This species occurs within a small range and is likely to have a small or moderately small population. Although populations in remote areas are thought to remain secure, some declines are inferred to have occurred as a result of localised habitat loss. It is therefore currently 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
Paradigalla carunculata is endemic to the Arfak Mountains in the Vogelkop peninsula of Papua (formerly Irian Jaya), Indonesia, where there are few records but it is probably not uncommon (Gibbs 1993, Poulsen and Frolander 1994, Frith and Beehler 1998). An undescribed Paradigalla taxon discovered in the nearby Fakfak Mountains, and possibly occurring on other mountain ranges in the Vogelkop, may be this species, although it shows some features of Short-tailed Paradigalla P. brevicauda (Gibbs 1994, Frith and Beehler 1998).

Population justification
This is a poorly known species and no population estimates are available.

Trend justification
A slow population decline is suspected to be occurring in parts of the species's range as a result of habitat loss, although large tracts of suitable forest remain secure.

This species inhabits montane forest and forest edge from 1,400 to 2,100 m (Frith and Beehler 1998).

This species may be declining locally through forest loss but is probably secure in most of its range. The extensive forests within its small range remain largely undisturbed owing to their geographical isolation and the low density and traditional lifestyle of the human population, although deforestation is occurring in the hills (Sujatnika et al. 1995).

Conservation Actions Underway
There is one large protected area in the Arfak mountains, which has been proposed for extension (Sujatnika et al. 1995). CITES Appendix II. Conservation Actions Proposed
Determine whether the currently undescribed Paradigalla taxon from the Fakfak Mountains belongs to this species. Conduct repeated surveys within the species's range to determine its 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. Effectively protect significant areas of suitable habitat at key sites, in both strictly protected areas and community-led multiple use areas.

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.

Gibbs, D. 1993. Irian Jaya, Indonesia, 21 January--12 March 1991: a site guide for birdwatchers, with brief notes from 1992.

Gibbs, D. 1994. Undescribed taxa and new records from the Fakfak Mountains, Irian Jaya. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 114: 4-12.

Poulsen, B. O.; Frolander, A. 1994. Birding Irian Jaya, Indonesian New Guinea.

Sujatnika; Jepson, P.; Soehartono, T. R.; Crosby, M. J.; Mardiastuti, A. 1995. Conserving Indonesian biodiversity: the Endemic Bird Area approach. BirdLife International Indonesia Programme, Bogor.

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: Paradigalla carunculata. 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 Paradisaeidae (Birds of paradise)
Species name author Lesson, 1835
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 6,100 km2
Country endemic? Yes
Links to further information
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