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Furtive Flycatcher Ficedula disposita
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This species occupies a moderately small range within which moderately rapid declines are suspeceted owing to forest loss. As a result the species is classified as Near Threatened. However, given its apparent preference for secondary growth an assessment of net changes in forest cover is needed and such and assessment may reveal that downlisting to Least Concern is appropriate.

Taxonomic source(s)
Dutson, G. 1993. A sighting of Ficedula (crypta) disposita in Luzon, Philippines. Forktail: 144-147.

Taxonomic note
Ficedula crypta (Sibley and Monroe 1990, 1993) has been split into F. crypta and F. disposita following Dutson (1993).

Distribution and population
Ficedula disposita is endemic to Luzon, Philippines, where it was considered threatened but is no longer regarded as particularly rare, with records from above Crow Valley, Mt High Peak, Zambales, Minuma, Siagot, Talisis Valley, Dinalongan, Aurora, two sites on the coastal road near Debutunan Point, and Angat Dam. It has now been found (on voice) to be relatively common, e.g. in forest along the main coastal road between Baler and Dinalongan in Aurora.

Population justification
The population size is unknown, but the species is described as locally common or rare (del Hoyo et al. 2006).

Trend justification
This species is suspected to have declined at a moderate rate, owing to forest loss within its range. However, given its preference for secondary growth this rate of decline may have been overestimated.

The species inhabits lowland dense secondary-growth forest and appears to survive well in selectively logged and degraded areas below 700 m. It usually forages singly or in pairs within 5 m of the ground. Birds in breeding condition with recently fledged young have been encountered in May.

Continuing forest loss poses the main threat, although this may be minor given the species ability to adapt to secondary and degraded forest.

Conservation Actions Underway
None are known. Conservation Actions Proposed
Calculate the net rate of loss of all forest types within its range to see if even secondary growth is being cleared. Assess other potential threats and if none are apparent consider revising its status. Protect areas of suitable habitat.

Collar, N. J.; Mallari, N. A. D.; Tabaranza, B. R. J. 1999. Threatened birds of the Philippines: the Haribon Foundation/BirdLife International Red Data Book. Bookmark, Makati City.

del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Christie, D. 2006. Handbook of the Birds of the World, vol. 11: Old World Flycatchers to Old World Warblers. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.

Dutson, G. 1993. A sighting of Ficedula (crypta) disposita in Luzon, Philippines. Forktail: 144-147.

Sibley, C. G.; Monroe, B. L. 1990. Distribution and taxonomy of birds of the world. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.

Sibley, C. G.; Monroe, B. L. 1993. A supplement to 'Distribution and taxonomy of birds of the world'. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.

Taylor, B. 2006. Family Muscicapidawe (Old World Flycatchers). In: del Hoyo, J.; Elliot, A.; Christie, D. A. (ed.), Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol. 11. Old World Flycatchers to Old World Warblers, pp. 56-163. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

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., Bird, J., Khwaja, N.

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Ficedula disposita. 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 Muscicapidae (Chats and Old World flycatchers)
Species name author (Ripley & Marshall, 1967)
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 8,900 km2
Country endemic? Yes
Links to further information
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