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Sri Lanka Bush-warbler Bradypterus palliseri
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This species has a moderately small range, within which it is apparently scarce and localised. Although much of its habitat remains secure, it may be declining as a result of habitat loss in some areas, and this situation should be carefully monitored. It is currently 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 palliseri is an endemic resident in Sri Lanka. It occupies a small range, within which it is apparently rare. However, it is very unobtrusive, and has been found to be fairly common in suitable habitat.

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as locally not uncommon (del Hoyo et al. 2006).

Trend justification
Slight declines are thought likely to be occurring as a result of habitat loss within the lower elevational range of this species.

This species inhabits grassy hollows or margins, preferably with bamboo or Strobilanthes intermixed, within or adjacent to forests with dense undergrowth or wet oak forest, particularly above 1,500 m, but also recorded down to 350 m.

Forest habitats within the range are currently being affected by clearance for agriculture and logging, although this is occurring only at very low rates. However, should fragmentation or degradation increase, as seems to be the case at lower altitudes, its threat status could increase rapidly.

Conservation Actions Underway
A core population is protected within Horton Plains National Park Conservation Actions Proposed
Conduct repeated surveys within the range to assess its current distribution and abundance, as well as identify population trends and rates of habitat loss. Conduct ecological studies to improve understanding of its precise habitat requirements, tolerance of secondary habitats and response to fragmentation. Increase the area of suitable habitat that has protected status.

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

del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Christie, D. 2006. Handbook of the Birds of the World, vol. 11: Old World Flycatchers to Old World Warblers. 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
Benstead, P., Gilroy, J., Khwaja, N.

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Bradypterus palliseri. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016.

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 (Blyth, 1851)
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 3,800 km2
Country endemic? Yes
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