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White-banded Tanager Neothraupis fasciata
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This species is generally scarce within its range, and is likely to be declining moderately rapidly as a result of habitat loss and degradation for agricultural development. It is therefore listed as Near Threatened.

Taxonomic source(s)
SACC. 2006. A classification of the bird species of South America. Available at: #

Distribution and population
Neothraupis fasciata occurs in the cerrado of east and south Brazil (south Maranhão and Piauí south to Minas Gerais and north São Paulo, and west to south Mato Grosso), east Bolivia (Santa Cruz) and north-east Paraguay (recently from single sites in Canindeyú and San Pedro but historically south to Caaguazú) (Ridgely and Tudor 1989, Hayes 1995, Lowen et al. 1996, R. P. Clay in litt. 2000). It is uncommon to fairly common within suitable habitats.

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but this species is described as 'fairly common' (Stotz et al. 1996).

Trend justification
Slow to moderate population declines are suspected to be occurring, owing to continuing degradation and loss of suitable habitats within the range.

This species occurs in dense cerrado, and has been found in cerradão, occurring less frequently in savannas and disturbed areas (Isler and Isler 1987).

Conversion to soybeans, exportable crops and Eucalyptus plantations (encouraged by government land reform in all three countries) has severely impacted cerrado habitats (Parker and Willis 1997), with grasslands in Paraguay additionally threatened by extensive cattle-ranching (Lowen et al. 1996). One study in Brazil (Duca et al. 2009) suggests that fire suppression is the most cost-effective management option for increasing populations.

Conservation Actions Underway
Conservation Actions Proposed
Conduct detailed studies to identify key habitat requirements and likely threats. Repeat surveys of known and historic sites to determine rates of decline and range contraction. Protect significant areas of suitable habitat.

Duca, C.; Yokomizo, H.; Marini, M. A.; Possingham, H. P. 2009. Cost-efficient conservation for the White-banded Tanager (Neothraupis fasciata) in the Cerrado, central Brazil. Biological Conservation 142(3): 563-574.

Hayes, F. E. 1995. Status, distribution and biogeography of the birds of Paraguay. American Birding Association, Colorado Springs.

Isler, M. L.; Isler, P. R. 1987. The tanagers: natural history, distribution, and identification. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC.

Lowen, J. C.; Bartrina, L.; Clay, R. P.; Tobias, J. A. 1996. Biological surveys and conservation priorities in eastern Paraguay (the final reports of Projects Canopy '92 and Yacutinga '95). CSB Conservation, Cambridge, U.K.

Parker, T. A.; Willis, E. O. 1997. Notes on three tiny grassland flycatchers, with comments on the disappearance of South American fire-diversified savannas. Ornithological Monographs 48: 549-555.

Ridgely, R. S.; Tudor, G. 1989. The birds of South America. University of Texas Press, Austin, Texas.

Stotz, D. F.; Fitzpatrick, J. W.; Parker, T. A.; Moskovits, D. K. 1996. Neotropical birds: ecology and conservation. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

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Text account compilers
Butchart, S., Gilroy, J., O'Brien, A., Sharpe, C J

Clay, R.

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Neothraupis fasciata. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016.

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 Thraupidae (Tanagers)
Species name author (Lichtenstein, 1823)
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 2,240,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
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