This discussion was first published as part of the 2011 Red List update, and remains open for comment in the hope that we will receive enough information to reassess the species in 2014.
Bahia Tapaculo Eleoscytalopus psychopompus is currently listed as Critically Endangered under criterion B1a+b(i,ii,iii,iv,v), because its Extent of Occurrence (EOO) was estimated at less than 100 km2, in which its habitat is severely fragmented and ongoing declines are suspected in the EOO, Area of Occupancy, area, extent and/or quality of habitat, number of locations or sub-populations and number of mature individuals, owing to continued habitat loss.
Recent records have extended the species’s known range, and editing of its range map has produced a revised EOO estimate of 7,900 km2. This suggests that the species is no longer eligible for Critically Endangered or Endangered status under the B1 criterion.
BirdLife range map for Bahia Tapaculo
The species’s population is currently estimated at 50-249 mature individuals; however, the revised range size suggests that a larger population exists. This implies that the species should be downlisted to Endangered under criterion C2a(i), on the basis that it has a population that numbers 250-2,499 mature individuals, which is suspected to be declining. However, to qualify it must be reasonably suspected that all sub-populations number 250 birds or less.
Comments are invited on the proposal to downlist this species. In addition, information is requested on the species’s estimated population size and sub-population structure, as well as any new information on the species’s likely rate of decline over 10 years and the rate of habitat loss.