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Helmeted Woodpecker Hylatomus galeatus

IUCN Red List Criteria

Critically Endangered  
Endangered  
Vulnerable A2c+3c+4c;C2a(i) 

IUCN Red List history

Year Category
2012 Vulnerable
2011 Vulnerable
2008 Vulnerable
2004 Vulnerable
2000 Vulnerable
1996 Endangered
1994 Endangered
1988 Threatened

Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency High
Land mass type continent
Average mass -

Distribution

  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 184,000 medium
Number of locations 11-100 -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals 2500-9999 poor Estimated 2011
Population trend Decreasing poor -
Number of subpopulations 2-100 - - -
Largest subpopulation 250-1000 - - -
Generation length (yrs) 7 - - -
Population justification: This species's population is thought to number fewer than 10,000 mature individuals (A. Bodrati in litt. 2010, G. Kohler in litt. 2010, M. Lammertink in litt. 2010, A. E. Rupp in litt. 2010, Lammertink et al. 2012) and is thus placed in the band 2,500-9,999 mature individuals; however, this may well be an overestimate given the species's apparent scarcity at well observed sites (M. Lammertink in litt. 2010). This estimate equates to 3,750-14,999 individuals in total, rounded here to 3,500-15,000 individuals.
Trend justification: Although rates of deforestation in its range are thought to have decreased in recent years (R. Clay in litt. 2007, A. Bodrati in litt. 2010, G. Kohler in litt. 2010), this species's population is still suspected to be undergoing a rapid decline on the basis of continued habitat destruction, degradation and fragmentation.

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Argentina Native Extant Yes      
Brazil Native Extant Yes      
Paraguay Native Extant Yes      

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Argentina Alta cuenca del arroyo Alegría site factsheet
Argentina Alta cuenca del arroyo Piray Guazú site factsheet
Argentina Barra Concepción site factsheet
Argentina Campo San Juan site factsheet
Argentina Cerro Mártires y Barra Santa María site factsheet
Argentina Corredor Urugua-í Foerster site factsheet
Argentina Cuenca del Piray Miní site factsheet
Argentina Parque Nacional Iguazú y alrededores site factsheet
Argentina Parque Provincial Cruce Caballero site factsheet
Argentina Parque Provincial Guardaparque Horacio Foerster site factsheet
Argentina Parque Provincial Piñalito y alrededores site factsheet
Argentina Parque Provincial Salto Encantado del Valle del Cuñá-Pirú y alrededores site factsheet
Argentina Parque Provincial Urugua-í site factsheet
Argentina Parque Provincial Uruzú y Reserva Forestal San Jorge site factsheet
Argentina Reserva de la Biósfera Yabotí site factsheet
Argentina Reserva Privada Yaguaroundí site factsheet
Argentina San Antonio site factsheet
Argentina San Pedro site factsheet
Argentina Sierra Morena site factsheet
Brazil Baía da Babitonga site factsheet
Brazil Guaraqueçaba / Jacupiranga / Cananéia site factsheet
Brazil Maciço Florestal de Paranapiacaba site factsheet
Brazil Parque Estadual do Rio Guarani site factsheet
Brazil Parque Estadual do Turvo site factsheet
Brazil Parque Nacional do Iguaçu site factsheet
Paraguay Arroyo Blanco site factsheet
Paraguay Bosque Mbaracayú site factsheet
Paraguay Estancia Itabó site factsheet
Paraguay Estancia Muxfeldt site factsheet
Paraguay Ka'aguy Rory site factsheet
Paraguay Limoy site factsheet
Paraguay Morombi site factsheet
Paraguay Parque Nacional Caazapá site factsheet
Paraguay Parque Nacional San Rafael site factsheet
Paraguay Paso Curuzú site factsheet
Paraguay Reserva Itabó - Itaipú site factsheet
Paraguay Serranías de San Joaquín site factsheet
Paraguay Tapyta site factsheet
Paraguay Ybyturuzú site factsheet
Paraguay Ypané Medio site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland major resident
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Moist Montane suitable resident
Altitude 0 - 950 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Threats & impact

Threat (level 1) Threat (level 2) Impact and Stresses
Agriculture & aquaculture Annual & perennial non-timber crops / Agro-industry farming Timing Scope Severity Impact
Ongoing Majority (50-90%) Slow, Significant Decline Medium Impact: 6
Stresses
Ecosystem degradation, Ecosystem conversion
Agriculture & aquaculture Annual & perennial non-timber crops / Small-holder farming Timing Scope Severity Impact
Ongoing Minority (<50%) Slow, Significant Decline Low Impact: 5
Stresses
Ecosystem degradation, Ecosystem conversion
Agriculture & aquaculture Livestock farming & ranching / Agro-industry grazing, ranching or farming Timing Scope Severity Impact
Ongoing Minority (<50%) Slow, Significant Decline Low Impact: 5
Stresses
Ecosystem degradation
Biological resource use Logging & wood harvesting / Unintentional effects: (subsistence/small scale) [harvest] Timing Scope Severity Impact
Ongoing Majority (50-90%) Slow, Significant Decline Medium Impact: 6
Stresses
Ecosystem degradation
Invasive and other problematic species, genes & diseases Problematic native species/diseases Timing Scope Severity Impact
Ongoing Minority (<50%) Slow, Significant Decline Low Impact: 5
Stresses
Competition
Natural system modifications Dams & water management/use / Large dams Timing Scope Severity Impact
Past, Likely to Return Minority (<50%) Rapid Declines Past Impact
Stresses
Ecosystem conversion
Residential & commercial development Housing & urban areas Timing Scope Severity Impact
Ongoing Majority (50-90%) Slow, Significant Decline Medium Impact: 6
Stresses
Ecosystem degradation, Ecosystem conversion

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Hylatomus galeatus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/12/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/12/2014.

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 Vulnerable
Family Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Species name author (Temminck, 1822)
Population size 2500-9999 mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 184,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species