This discussion was first published on Dec 2 2010 as part of the 2010-2011 Red List update.
Initial deadline for comments: 31 January 2012.
Tufted Jay Cyanocorax dickeyi is listed as Near Threatened under criterion B1a+b(i,ii,iii,v) on the basis that it has a moderately small range, in which it faces the limited threats of habitat clearance and degradation owing to agricultural encroachment and logging.
The species’s Extent of Occurrence iss estimated at 38,600 km2, which does not approach the threshold for Vulnerable under the B1 criterion; however, the species has been maintained as Near Threatened as a precautionary approach. Partners in Flight estimated the population to number fewer than 50,000 birds (A. Panjabi in litt. 2008), thus the population is placed in the band 20,000-49,999 individuals. Although the terrain in its range probably prevents serious damage to its habitat, the population is suspected to be in decline owing to its susceptibility to forest destruction (Madge and Burn 1993). The species also experiences some hunting pressure (J. M. Lammertink in litt. 1998), the impact of which is not known but is probably low.
Up-to-date information is requested on this species’s likely population size, current trend over 18 years (estimate of three generations) and the severity of threats, to help in the assessment of its status.
Madge, S. and Burn, H. (1993) Crows and jays: a guide to the crows, jays and magpies of the world. Robertsbridge, U.K.: Helm Information.
The following document was sent by Pronatura on 16 February 2012: Cyanocorax dickeyi Pronatura Feb12