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Long-billed Bush-warbler Bradypterus major
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This scarce species has a moderately small range and narrow habitat requirements, and is therefore likely to have a small global population size. It is suspected to be declining as a result of habitat change, and is therefore considered Near Threatened.

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
Bradypterus major occurs in the western Himalayas, in Xinjiang, western China (very rare, occurring in the Kunlun Mountains of Xinjiang and west Tibet) and the eastern Pamir mountains in Tajikistan (perhaps only a vagrant), northern Pakistan (few recent records and distribution imperfectly known) and north-west India (fairly common, but extremely local). Its range is apparently contracting in Kashmir, possibly owing to changes in agricultural practices. This species is poorly known and infrequently recorded, although this is at least in part due to its highly secretive behaviour and the current inaccessibility of its range.

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is reported to be rather scarce (Baker 1997).

Trend justification
A slow and on-going population decline is suspected to be occurring as a result of habitat degradation and loss through agricultural change.

This species breeds from 2,400-3,600 m (probably moving downslope in winter to 1,200 m) on open slopes in terraced cultivation, low thorny scrub, rank grass and bracken, often near forest edges.

Agricultural expansion and overgrazing (especially by goats), as well as firewood cutting, are likely to threaten this species in many parts of the range.

Conservation Actions Underway

Conservation Actions Proposed
Conduct surveys during periods of peak vocal activity in order to determine its distribution and status. Collect ecological data in order to understand its habitat requirements and identify potential threats. Protect areas of suitable habitat and safeguard against degradation. Work with pastoralists to adapt land use practices to favour the species.

Baker, K. 1997. Warblers of Europe, Asia and North Africa. Princeton University Press, Princeton.

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

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., Khwaja, N.

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Bradypterus major. Downloaded from on 20/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 20/10/2016.

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 Sylviidae (Old World warblers)
Species name author (Brooks, 1872)
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 258,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
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