Pale-throated Wren-babbler Spelaeornis kinneari is currently classified as Least Concern owing to a belief that it did not approach the thresholds for classification as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.
It is restricted to forest between 1,400-2,600 m elevation in the Hoang Lien mountains of north-west Vietnam and adjacent border areas in Guanxi Province, China. It is tolerant of forest with a degraded understory (it has been recorded in areas under cardamom cultivation), and it is likely to be tolerant of degraded forest.
However, overall forest loss within its range means that it is likely to exceed the threshold for Vulnerable (under criterion B1a+b[i,iii,iv,v]) because its Extent of Occurrence is likely to be less than 20,000 km2 and there is likely to be a continuing decline in its extent of occurrence, the area, extent and quality of habitat, the number of locations and subpopulations and the number of mature individuals; it has been recorded at less than ten locations.
Comments and information on the species likely rate of recent population decline, the extent of its range, and the degree to which its habitat is fragmented would be welcome.
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