Archived 2010-2011 topics: Papuan Whipbird (Androphobus viridis): reassess as Least Concern?

Link to BirdLife species factsheet for Papuan Whipbird

Papuan Whipbird Androphobus viridis is currently classified as Data Deficient as it is a poorly-known species with records from only five sites on New Guinea and recent records from only two. Although it appears to occur at low population densities, it is secretive and likely to be overlooked unless singing; and as the Snow Mountains and the intervening range is little visited it may occur more widely. As it is a montane forest species which is scattered across a wide range, and other species from this family are not threatened by mammalian predators it seems sensible to reclassify this species as Least Concern. Comments on the species’s current status are welcomed.

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4 Responses to Archived 2010-2011 topics: Papuan Whipbird (Androphobus viridis): reassess as Least Concern?

  1. Joe Taylor says:

    Guy Dutson has provided the following comment (posted by Admin on 25 January 2010):

    There’s suite of New Guinea DD species which are being seen occasionally and could do with a review but as the threats are largely logging, I’m loathe to reassess until we have some data on rates of forest loss across NG. Papuan Whipbird however is montane and under no obvious threat, probably just naturally very rare. The series of sightings from Ambua Lodge continues, with birds being sighted perhaps once a year (out of maybe 10 birding groups / year). If other species elsewhere in the world with such a low reporting rate but without any obvious threats are classified as LC, then this seems appropriate

  2. Joe Taylor says:

    Phil Gregory has provided the following comment (posted by Admin on 26 January 2010):

    there have been recent good reliable sightings from above Ambua, but it is very cryptic and still surely Data Deficient? I suspect it may be much more widespread than we currently realize, but I sure don’t know for sure- unless you guys know about other reliable records and locations I would be surprised to place it as least concern as yet, that may well be the case, but the jury is still out, unless you have a lot more info than I have. Breeding remains unknown as far as i know.

  3. Joe Taylor says:

    Bruce Beehler posted the following comment on 18 February 2010:

    Data Deficient seems to be the best way to go with this mystery bird. This might encourage fieldworkers to do more on the species. I seriously doubt the species is under threat, however. The habitat for the species is abundant and intact in most locations (steep mountainsides in central NG). The alternative of Least Concern is also viable, given the lack of threat.

  4. Joe Taylor says:

    The following comment was received from Jon Hornbuckle on 29 January 2011 in reaction to this topic:

    No, still rarely seen at Tari so why should it be commoner elsewhere?

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