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Red-collared Woodpecker Picus rabieri
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Although this species appears to be tolerant of some levels of habitat disturbance, it is likely to be declining moderately rapidly owing to widespread wholesale deforestation within its range. It is therefore considered Near Threatened.

Taxonomic source(s)
del Hoyo, J.; Collar, N. J.; Christie, D. A.; Elliott, A.; Fishpool, L. D. C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International.

Distribution and population
Picus rabieri is known from China (one historical record from extreme south Yunnan), Laos (widespread and locally fairly common), Vietnam (uncommon in west and east Tonkin and north and central Annam) and Cambodia (scarce to uncommon resident in the north-east) (BirdLife International 2001, Robson 2008).

Population justification
The population size of this species has not been quantified, but it is described as scarce to uncommon.

Trend justification
A moderately rapid and on-going population decline is suspected to be occurring as a result of habitat loss throughout the species's range.

This species occurs in evergreen and semi-evergreen forest and locally in tall mixed deciduous forest, usually below 700 m, ascending locally to c.1,000 m. It tolerates, and in some regions even appears to prefer, logged and disturbed forest, provided that some large trees remain.

This species is susceptible to the on-going destruction and degradation of lowland forest that is taking place within its range.

Conservation Actions Underway
No targeted conservation actions are known for this species, although it occurs in a number of protected areas.

Conservation Actions Proposed

Conduct repeated surveys across the species's range to determine the magnitude of declines and rates of range contraction. Effectively protect significant areas of suitable forest at key sites, in both strictly protected areas and community-led multiple use areas.

BirdLife International. 2001. Threatened birds of Asia: the BirdLife International Red Data Book. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K.

del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J. 2002. Handbook of the Birds of the World, vol. 7: Jacamars to Woodpeckers. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.

Robson, C. 2008. A field guide to the birds of South-East Asia. New Holland, London.

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., Gilroy, J., Taylor, J.

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Picus rabieri. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016.

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 Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Species name author (Oustalet, 1898)
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 247,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
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