Archived 2014 discussion: Pernambuco Foliage-gleaner (Automolus lammi): newly-split

This discussion was first published on Jan 18 2011 as part of the 2011 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2014.

Pernambuco Foliage-gleaner Automolus lammi has been split from White-eyed Foliage-gleaner A. leucopthalmus following SACC (2009). Its known range is restricted to coastal Paraíba, Pernambuco, Alagoas, and Sergipe states, all of which have suffered catastrophic loss of habitat owing to agricultural expansion (largely sugar-cane plantations) (Zimmer 2008). A. lammi is a bird of lowland and foothill forest and taller second-growth woodland, and has been recorded from near sea-level to 550 m.

It is known from only from a few formally protected areas, notably Murici Biological Reserve and Pedra Talhada Federal Biological Reserve (Zimmer 2008). Surveys of privately owned forest fragments found A. lammi at only a few sites and concluded that it appears to be genuinely rare. This and other understorey insectivores were inexplicably absent from some sites with seemingly suitable habitat, and Automolus species have been shown to be among the species most adversely affected by selective logging and by fragmentation owing in part to their poor dispersal capabilities (Zimmer 2008).

The Extent of Occurrence for the species has been estimated at 64,000 km2.

Comments on the likely population size, number of localities, trend and threats to this species are sought.

SACC (2009). Proposal #369: Split Automolus lammi from A. leucophthalmus

Zimmer (2008) The White-eyed Foliage-gleaner (Furnariidae: Automolus) is two species. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 120: 10-25.

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4 Responses to Archived 2014 discussion: Pernambuco Foliage-gleaner (Automolus lammi): newly-split

  1. A. lammi seems to be really local, and rare almost everywhere me and friends have seen it. There seems to be some exceptions in North of Pernambuco State, where it can be found somehow easily in the Estação Ecológica de Caetés, near the State capital, Recife, and in Usina São José, a private propriety. It was found in some other location near these ones, but I don´t have an exact number, unfortunately.

  2. Ciro Albano says:

    Very rare in most of the sites that a normally visit and the population seems to be declining in Murici (state of Alagoas) and Estancia (state of Sergipe), and no recent records at Jaqueira (aka Frei Caneca) Reserve (Pernambuco state).
    Seems to be more common in the forests of the north of Pernambuco and in some fragments of the state of Paraiba. But the heavy fragmentation of the original habits together with the low numbers of the population justify this bird as at least Endangered.

  3. Andy Symes says:

    Preliminary proposals

    Based on available information and comments posted above, our preliminary proposal for the 2014 Red List would be to treat Pernambuco Foliage-gleaner Automolus lammi as Vulnerable under criterion C2a(i).

    There is now a period for further comments until the final deadline of 31 March, after which recommended categorisations will be put forward to IUCN.

    The final Red List categories will be published on the BirdLife and IUCN websites in mid-2014, following further checking of information relevant to the assessments by both BirdLife and IUCN.

  4. Andy Symes says:

    Recommended categorisation to be put forward to IUCN

    Following further review, there has been no change to our preliminary proposal for the 2014 Red List status of this species.

    The final categorisation will be published later in 2014, following further checking of information relevant to the assessment by BirdLife and IUCN.

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