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Paradise Riflebird Ptiloris paradiseus

Justification
This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

Taxonomic source(s)
Christidis, L.; Boles, W. E. 2008. Systematics and taxonomy of Australian birds. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Australia.

Distribution and population
This species is endemic to Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. It is found from the Bunya Mountains southwards along the highlands of the Great Dividing Range, and in the Calliope Range.

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified. However, the species is reported to be still common in the northern part of its range but would appear to be less abundant in the south (Frith and Beehler 1998).

Trend justification
Global population trends have not been quantified, but populations appear to be stable (S. Garnett in litt. 2000).

Ecology
The species lives in rainforest that is dominated by Nothofagus and adjacent Eucalyptus forest. It was once found in lowland forest but this has now been mostly cleared for agriculture (Blakers et al. 1984).

Threats
Much of the species former lowland habitat has been cleared for agriculture, however all logging has since stopped (S. Garnett in litt. 2000).

References
Blakers, M.; Davies, S. J. J. F.; Reilly, P. N. 1984. The atlas of Australian birds. Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union, Victoria.

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

Further web sources of information
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Text account compilers
Ekstrom, J., Butchart, S., Harding, M.

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Ptiloris paradiseus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/08/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/08/2014.

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 Least Concern
Family Paradisaeidae (Birds of paradise)
Species name author Swainson, 1825
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Stable
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 128,000 km2
Country endemic? Yes
Links to further information
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