Coppery-bellied Puffleg Eriocnemis cupreoventris is listed as Near Threatened under criterion B1a+b(i,ii,iiiv) on the basis that the species was thought to occur at a small number of locations within a moderately small range, which is in decline owing to habitat loss and degradation.
The species’s Extent of Occurrence has been updated and is now estimated at 42,900 km2, which no longer approaches the threshold for Vulnerable under the B1 criterion. This suggests that the species is eligible for downlisting to Least Concern.
The accurate assessment of this species’s threat level is compounded by an apparent lack of information on its population size and trend. The species is still suspected to be declining due to habitat clearance and degradation, which is primarily a result of conversion to agriculture, and has been locally severe (Forero 1989, Stattersfield et al. 1998).
Up-to-date information is requested on this species’s likely population size, estimated rate of decline over 12 years (estimate of three generations) and the severity of habitat destruction and degradation in its range to help in the assessment of its status.
Forero, E. (1989) Colombia. Pp. 355-361 in Campbell, D.G. and Hammond, H.D., eds. Floristic inventory of tropical countries. New York: New York Botanical Garden.
Stattersfield, A. J., Crosby, M. J., Long, A. J. and Wege, D. C. (1998) Endemic bird areas of the world: priorities for bird conservation. Cambridge, U.K.: BirdLife International (BirdLife Conservation Series 07).