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Firethroat Luscinia pectardens
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This species is very poorly known with no recent records from the wintering grounds, and the only recent breeding records all originating from just one site. It has probably declined within its range and is suspected to have a moderately small population. Therefore, it is currently considered Near Threatened. Further information is necessary to improve this assessment of its status.

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
Luscinia pectardens breeds in Sichuan, Yunnan and south-east Tibet, China, and is a non-breeding visitor to the mountains of Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya, India, northern Myanmar and Bangladesh. It appears to be very rare, with the only recent records on the breeding grounds from Wolong Biosphere Reserve in Sichuan, although it must be greatly under-recorded as much of its range is remote and seldom visited by ornithologists.

Population justification
This species is very poorly known andthe only recent records are from one site in China. Although the rest of its possible range has not been well surveyed it is possible that the species is genuinely rare and therefore it is perhaps best placed in the band 10,000-19,999 individuals. This equates to 6,667-13,333 mature individuals, rounded here to 6,000-15,000 mature individuals.

Trend justification
The population is suspected to be in decline at a moderate rate, owing to continuing habitat degradation within the breeding and presumed wintering grounds.

It breeds in dense thickets and scrub in valley bottoms and along stream-sides, within montane forest, at 2,800-3,700 m. It forages on arthropods on the forest floor.

It has presumably been affected by deforestation from logging and agricultural expansion on both the breeding and wintering grounds.

Conservation Actions Underway
CMS Appendix II. All recent records originate from Wolong Nature Reserve, Sichuan. Conservation Actions Proposed
Survey within its known breeding range to determine habitat preference and density estimates. Use these to identify other potentially key areas, survey these and generate population estimates. Assess the impacts of forest loss within its breeding and inferred wintering ranges using satellite imagery and remote sensing. Protect key breeding strongholds. Collate available winter records and analyse patterns of distribution and habitat use to improve knowledge of its winter distribution.

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.

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
Bird, J., Khwaja, N., O'Brien, A.

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Luscinia pectardens. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016.

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 (David, 1871)
Population size 6000-15000 mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 81,600 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
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