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Striped Wren-babbler Kenopia striata

Justification
Although this species has a relatively large global range, it is generally scarce and is likely to be declining moderately rapidly as a result of deforestation. It 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
Kenopia striata is restricted to the Sundaic lowlands, occurring in peninsular Thailand; Sabah, Sarawak and peninsular Malaysia; Kalimantan and Sumatra, Indonesia, and Brunei. It is now extirpated in Singapore. Although widespread, it is generally uncommon throughout this range, occurring at low densities even in suitable habitats.

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as generally uncommon, although fairly common in Taman Negara and frequent in most of Borneo, except for Sabah (del Hoyo et al. 2007).

Trend justification
Declines are suspected to be occurring as a result of habitat loss throughout the range, although data on the precise magnitude of these trends are lacking.

Ecology
This species is found on the ground and in the lower storey of broadleaved evergreen forest, including lightly-logged areas, swamp forest and heath forest, up to 1,500 m (but usually below 650 m).

Threats
Rates of forest loss in the Sundaic lowlands have been extremely rapid, owing partly to the escalation of illegal logging and land conversion, with deliberate targeting of all remaining stands of valuable timber including those inside protected areas. Forest fires have also had a damaging effect (particularly in 1997-1998). The magnitude of these threats may be allayed by this species's tolerance of hill forest, which is under less pressure from logging and agricultural conversion.

Conservation Actions Underway


Conservation Actions Proposed
Monitor population trends across know sites and determine rates of habitat loss throughout the range. Conduct ecological studies to improve understanding of its precise habitat requirements, tolerance of secondary habitats and response to fragmentation. Improve the management of protected areas encroached by logging and agriculture within the species's range. Increase the area of suitable habitat that has protected status. Implement measures to reduce the number and severity of forest fires.

References
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. 2007. Handbook of the Birds of the World, vol. 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. 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 (2014) Species factsheet: Kenopia striata. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 02/09/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 02/09/2014.

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 Near Threatened
Family Timaliidae (Babblers and parrotbills)
Species name author (Blyth, 1842)
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 115,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
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