This species has a very small range which is shrinking as its habitat is cleared for resort development and coconut plantations. However, the range is not yet severely fragmented or restricted to a few locations. In addition, the loss of habitat is suspected to be driving a moderately rapid decline. For these reasons, the species is classified as Near Threatened.
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Further web sources of information
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Text account compilers
Capper, D., Mahood, S., O'Brien, A., Sharpe, C J, Taylor, J.
Clay, R., Curry, R., LaPergola, J., MacKinnon de Montes, B., McRae, E., Miller, B., Roldn Clar, B., Sharpe, C J, Wood, P.A.
IUCN Red List evaluators
Butchart, S., Symes, A.
BirdLife International (2013) Species factsheet: Melanoptila glabrirostris. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 07/12/2013. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2013) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 07/12/2013.
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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Additional resources for this species
|Current IUCN Red List category||Near Threatened|
|Family||Mimidae (Mockingbirds and thrashers)|
|Species name author||Sclater, 1858|
|Population size||mature individuals|
|Distribution size (breeding/resident)||2,700 km2|
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