This species is classified as Near Threatened because the results of recent surveys suggest that its range had been overestimated and may in fact be very small. Its population size has not been estimated, but is likely to be small. The species's range is in decline owing to continued habitat loss and degradation, which are suspected to be driving a decline in the population; however, it does not qualify for a higher threat category because its population is not considered to be severely fragmented or to occur at 10 locations or less, and there is insufficient information available on its subpopulation structure. Further research is required, the results of which could make the species eligible for uplisting in the future.
Sibley, C. G.; Monroe, B. L. 1990. Distribution and taxonomy of birds of the world. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.
Myiophoneus robinsoni Collar and Andrew (1988), Myiophoneus robinsoni robinsoni Collar and Andrew (1988), Myiophonus robinsoni Collar et al. (1994), Myiophonus robinsoni robinsoni Collar et al. (1994)
25-26 cm. Medium-sized, dark thrush. Mainly dark black-blue plumage. Bright metallic blue lesser coverts and base of median coverts to wing-bend. Juvenile generally sootier black. Similar spp. Blue Whistling-thrush M. caeruleus is larger, heavier-billed and proportionally shorter-tailed, with dull whitish median covert tips and bluish speckles on mantle, scapulars, sides of head and throat. Voice Soft mix of fluty and scratchy notes. Call a loud, thin tsee.
Bakewell, D. N.; Lim Kim Chye; Anuar bin Mohd Sah, S.; Muin, M. A. 2010. Malaysian Whistling Thrush Myophonus robinsoni - field identification, distribution and conservation concerns. BirdingASIA: 23-29.
Bakewell, D. N.; Lim, K. C.; bin Mohd Sah, S. A. 2010. A preliminary assessment of the field identification, status, distribution and population of regionally endemic whistling-thrush taxa in Peninsular Malaysia.
BirdLife International. 2001. Threatened birds of Asia: the BirdLife International Red Data Book. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K.
Collar, N. J. 2005. Family Turdidae (Thrushes). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A. and Christie, C. (eds), Handbook of birds of the world Vol. 10, pp. 514-807. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.
Teo, A.; Wee, Y. C. 2009. Observations of a nest of Malayan Whistling Thrush Myophonus robinsoni in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia. BirdingASIA 11: 95-97.
Wells, D. R. 2007. Birds of the Thai-Malay peninsula, volume 2: passerines. Christopher Helm, London.
Yeap Chin Aik; Sebastian, A. C.; Davison, G. W. H. 2007. Directory of Important Bird Areas in Malaysia: key sites for conservation. Malaysia Nature Society, Kuala Lumpur.
Further web sources of information
Detailed species accounts from the Threatened birds of Asia: the BirdLife International Red Data Book (BirdLife International 2001).
Text account compilers
Benstead, P., Harding, M., Khwaja, N., Taylor, J.
Bakewell, D., Wells, D.
IUCN Red List evaluators
Butchart, S., Symes, A.
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Myophonus robinsoni. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 08/03/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 08/03/2014.
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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|Current IUCN Red List category||Near Threatened|
|Species name author||Ogilvie-Grant, 1905|
|Population size||2500-9999 mature individuals|
|Distribution size (breeding/resident)||4,400 km2|
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