Category Archives: South America

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Striped Manakin (Machaeropterus regulus) is being split: list M. regulus as Near Threatened?

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Shrike-like Cotinga (Laniisoma elegans) is being split: request for information

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The newly described taxon Hypocnemis rondoni is to be recognised as a species by BirdLife: request for information.

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The newly described taxon Hemitriccus cohnhafti is to be recognised as a species by BirdLife: list as Near Threatened?

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The newly described taxon Formicivora paludicola (Marsh Antwren) is to be recognised as a species by BirdLife: list as Critically Endangered?

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Long-tailed Antbird (Drymophila caudata) is being split: list D. striaticeps and D. klagesi as Least Concern? Request for information for D. caudata and D. hellmayri

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The newly described taxon Cyanocorax hafferi is to be recognised as a species by BirdLife: list as Near Threatened or Vulnerable?

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Blackish Cinclodes (Cinclodes antarcticus) is being split: request for information

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The newly described taxon Cichlocolaptes mazarbarnetti is to be recognised as a species by BirdLife: list as Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct)?

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Yellow-shouldered Amazon (Amazona barbadensis): Downlist to Near Threatened?

Amazona barbadensis (BirdLife species factsheet) is found in several isolated populations in northern coastal Venezuela and the islands of Margarita, La Blanquilla, Curaçao and Bonaire (to Netherlands) (Rodríguez-Ferraro 2009).  It is currently extinct in the Paraguaná peninsula on mainland Venezuela … Continue reading

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Rusty-backed Spinetail (Cranioleuca vulpina) is being split: request for information on C. dissita.

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Marcapata Spinetail (Cranioleuca marcapatae) is being split: list Cranioleuca marcapatae and C. weskei as Vulnerable?

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White-winged Cotinga (Xipholena atropurpurea): downlist from Endangered to Vulnerable?

BirdLife species factsheet for White-winged Cotinga White-winged Cotinga is endemic to eastern Brazil, where it is now virtually confined to 13 protected areas. The species is currently listed as Endangered under B1ab(i,ii,iii,iv,v). The Extent of Occurrence (EOO) was estimated at … Continue reading

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Brown-backed Parrotlet (Touit melanonotus): downlist from Endangered to Vulnerable?

BirdLife species factsheet for Brown-backed Parrotlet Brown-backed Parrotlet is endemic to the states of Bahia, Espírito Santo, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Paraná in south-east Brazil. The species is listed as Endangered under C2a(i). The population is estimated at … Continue reading

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Orange-bellied Antwren (Terenura sicki): uplist from Endangered to Critically Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Orange-bellied Antwren Orange-bellied Antwren is endemic to north-east Brazil. It has been recorded in eight localities from the south-east escarpment of the Borborema plateau in Alagoas, north along this coastal range to Pernambuco. The species is … Continue reading

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Dwarf Tinamou (Taoniscus nanus): uplist from Vulnerable to Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Dwarf Tinamou Dwarf Tinamou is found in central and south-eastern Brazil, with old isolated records from south-central Paraguay and north-east Argentina. In Brazil the few recent records of the species are from scattered localities where individuals … Continue reading

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Bahia Spinetail (Synallaxis whitneyi): downlist from Vulnerable to Near Threatened?

BirdLife species factsheet for Bahia Spinetail Bahia Spinetail is endemic to eastern Brazil, occurring in Bahia and Minas Gerais. The species was discovered in 1992 near Boa Nova, in the Serra da Ouricana, east Bahia, Brazil (Pacheco and Gonzaga 1995). … Continue reading

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Black-bellied Seedeater (Sporophila melanogaster): uplist from Near Threatened to Vulnerable?

BirdLife species factsheet for Black-bellied Seedeater Black-bellied Seedeater is endemic to south-east Brazil, occurring in west Minas Gerais and south Goiás, south to Rio Grande do Sul. The species is listed as Near Threatened, approaching the thresholds for Vulnerable under … Continue reading

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Chestnut Seedeater (Sporophila cinnamomea): downlist from Vulnerable to Near Threatened?

BirdLife species factsheet for Chestnut Seedeater Chestnut Seedeater breeds in north-eastern Argentina, southern Paraguay, western and south-eastern Uruguay and extreme southern Brazil. It winters largely in central Brazil and eastern Paraguay. The species is currently listed as Vulnerable under A2cde+3cde+4cde; … Continue reading

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Brasilia Tapaculo (Scytalopus novacapitalis): uplist from Near Threatened to Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Brasilia Tapaculo Brasilia Tapaculo is endemic to Brazil, occurring in swampy gallery forest and dense streamside vegetation in Goiás, Distrito Federal and west Minas Gerais. The species is listed as Near Threatened, approaching the thresholds for … Continue reading

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Diamantina Tapaculo (Scytalopus diamantinensis): uplist from Near Threatened to Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Diamantina Tapaculo Diamantina Tapaculo is known only from the Chapada Diamantina, Bahia, Brazil (Bornschein et al. 2007).  The species is listed as Near Threatened, approaching the thresholds for B1ab(iii). The species’s Extent of Occurrence (EOO) is … Continue reading

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White-eared Parakeet (Pyrrhura leucotis): uplist from Near Threatened to Vulnerable?

BirdLife species factsheet for White-eared Parakeet White-eared Parakeet is endemic to south-eastern Brazil from Bahia south of the Jequitinhonha river, south to Espirito Santo, including south-eastern Minas Gerais, and formerly Sao Paulo, (del Hoyo et al. 1997, Juniper and Parr 1998, Forshaw, 2006, … Continue reading

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Bare-throated Bellbird (Procnias nudicollis): downlist from Vulnerable to Near Threatened?

BirdLife species factsheet for Bare-throated Bellbird Bare-throated Bellbird is endemic to the Atlantic forest (Snow and Sharpe 2016). It is found in eastern Brazil, north-eastern Argentina and eastern Paraguay. The species is listed as Vulnerable under A2cd+3cd+4cd. The population is … Continue reading

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Cinereous Warbling-finch (Poospiza cinerea): downlist from Vulnerable to Least Concern or Near Threatened?

BirdLife species factsheet for Cinereous Warbling-finch Cinereous Warbling-finch is endemic to central-southern Brazil, occurring from Mato Grosso and Goiás south to São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The species is listed as Vulnerable under A2c+3c+4c. The population is estimated at … Continue reading

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Russet-winged Spadebill (Platyrinchus leucoryphus): downlist from Vulnerable to Near Threatened?

BirdLife species factsheet for Russet-winged Spadebill Russet-winged Spadebill is found in southern Brazil, south-eastern Paraguay and north-east Argentina. The species is listed as Vulnerable under A2c+3c+4c. The species appears to be reliant on primary Atlantic forest, which continues to be … Continue reading

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Black-capped Piprites (Piprites pileata): downlist from Vulnerable to Near Threatened?

BirdLife species factsheet for Black-capped Piprites Black-capped Piprites is found in south-east Brazil and north-eastern Argentina. In Brazil it has been found in Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul. In Argentina … Continue reading

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Blue-breasted Parrot (Pionus reichenowi): uplist from Least Concern to Vulnerable?

BirdLife species factsheet for Blue-breasted Parrot Blue-breasted Parrot is endemic to east Brazil, from Alagoas to Espírito Santo. The species is listed as Least Concern. The global population size has not been quantified but it is not thought to approach … Continue reading

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Restinga Tyrannulet (Phylloscartes kronei): downlist from Vulnerable to Near Threatened or Least Concern?

BirdLife species factsheet for Restinga Tyrannulet Restinga Tyrannulet is endemic to the Atlantic coast of south-east Brazil, from São Paulo to Rio Grande do Sul. The species is listed as Vulnerable under A2c+3c+4c; C2a(i). The species probably has a small … Continue reading

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Alagoas Tyrannulet (Phylloscartes ceciliae): uplist from Endangered to Critically Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Alagoas Tyrannulet Alagoas Tyrannulet is found in Alagoas and Pernambuco states, north-east Brazil. The species is listed as Endangered under B1ab(i,ii,iii,v); C2a(ii). The species is known from 10 locations within a very small, severely fragmented and … Continue reading

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Tapajos Hermit (Phaethornis aethopygus): uplist from Near Threatened to Vulnerable?

BirdLife species factsheet for Tapajos Hermit Tapajos Hermit is endemic to Brazil. It is known only from the vicinity of the Teles Pires, Tapajós and Xingu rivers, south of the Amazon (Piacentini et al. 2009). The species is listed as Near … Continue reading

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Atlantic Royal Flycatcher (Onychorhynchus swainsoni): downlist from Vulnerable to Near Threatened?

BirdLife species factsheet for Atlantic Royal Flycatcher Atlantic Royal Flycatcher is endemic to south-eastern Brazil, found in the states of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Paraná. The species is listed as Vulnerable under A2c+3c+4c; B1ab(i,ii,iii,iv,v). The population is estimated … Continue reading

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Lesser Nothura (Nothura minor): uplist from Vulnerable to Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Lesser Nothura The Lesser Nothura has been recorded from very few sites over a large range in south-central Brazil (S Mato Grosso, S Goiás and Minas Gerais S to São Paulo; possibly extinct in Santa Catarina), … Continue reading

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Klages’s Antwren (Myrmotherula klagesi): uplist from NT to VU?

BirdLife species factsheet for Klages’s Antwren Klages’s Antwren is found in Roraima, Amazonas and Pará, Brazil. The species is listed as Near Threatened, approaching the criteria for B1ab(iii). It is known from a small range and is restricted to a specialised … Continue reading

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White-collared Kite (Leptodon forbesi): downlist from Critically Endangered to Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for White-collared Kite White-collared Kite is endemic to north-east Brazil, where it has been recorded in Paraíba, Pernambuco, Alagoas and Sergipe. It inhabits Atlantic coastal rainforest (Bierregaard et al., 2016). The species is listed as Critically Endangered … Continue reading

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Three-toed Jacamar (Jacamaralcyon tridactyla): downlist from Vulnerable to Near Threatened?

BirdLife species factsheet for Three-toed Jacamar The Three-toed Jacamar was considered very common in the early and mid-19th century, but is thought to have suffered a very substantial decline in range and population. The species is listed as Vulnerable under … Continue reading

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Buff-throated Purpletuft (Iodopleura pipra): uplist from Near Threatened to Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Buff-throated Purpletuft Buff-throated Purpletuft is found in north-east and south-east Brazil, in Paraíba, Pernambuco, Alagoas (A. Whittaker in litt. 1999), Bahia, Espírito Santo (E. O. Willis and Y. Oniki in litt. 1999), Rio de Janeiro and … Continue reading

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Rondonia Antwarbler / Warbling-antbird (Hypocnemis ochrogyna): uplist from LC to NT or VU?

BirdLife species factsheet for Rondonia Warbling-antbird Rondonia Antwarbler (formerly Rondonia Warbling-antbird) is a near endemic species to Brazil, found in the states of Rondônia and Mato Grosso and extending into north-east Bolivia. The species is listed as Least Concern. The … Continue reading

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Helmeted Woodpecker (Hylatomus galeatus): uplist from VU to EN?

BirdLife species factsheet for Helmeted Woodpecker Helmeted Woodpecker is found in southern Brazil, eastern Paraguay and north-eastern Argentina. The species is listed as Vulnerable under A2c+3c+4c; C2a(i). Its small population is suspected to have suffered a rapid population reduction owing … Continue reading

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Pectoral Antwren (Herpsilochmus pectoralis): downlist from VU to NT or LC?

BirdLife species factsheet for Pectoral Antwren Pectoral Antwren is endemic to eastern Brazil, from Maranhão south to Bahia. The species is listed as Vulnerable under A2c+3c+4c; B1ab(i,ii,iii,iv,v); C2a(i). The widespread destruction of suitable deciduous forest has rapidly reduced this species’s … Continue reading

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Kaempfer’s Tody-tyrant (Hemitriccus kaempferi): downlist from EN to VU?

BirdLife species factsheet for Kaempfer’s Tody-tyrant Kaempfer’s Tody-tyrant is endemic to south-east Brazil, found in the states of Paraná and Santa Catarina. The species is listed as Endangered under A3c+4c. The population is estimated at 6,000-12,000 mature individuals and the … Continue reading

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Campo Miner (Geositta poeciloptera): uplist from Vulnerable to Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Campo Miner Campo Miner occurs within interior south-central Brazil (from São Paulo, where it is now considered extinct, north to Minas Gerais, Goiás and Mato Grosso), north-east Bolivia (north-east Santa Cruz in the Serranía de Huanchaca), … Continue reading

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Sincora Antwren (Formicivora grantsaui): uplist from Near Threatened to Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Sincora Antwren Sincora Antwren is known only from the Serra do Sincorá in the Espinhaço Range, Diamantina region, Bahia, Brazil (Gonzaga et al. 2007). It is so far known from four localities: Morro do Pai Inácio, … Continue reading

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Plumbeous Antvireo (Dysithamnus plumbeus): uplist from Vulnerable to Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Plumbeous Antvireo Plumbeous Antvireo is restricted to south-east Brazil from Bahia to Rio de Janeiro. It is listed as Vulnerable under A2c+3c+4c; B1ab(i,ii,iii,iv,v); C2a(i). The population is estimated to number 2,500-9,999 mature individuals based on an … Continue reading

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Forbes’s Blackbird (Curaeus forbesi): downlist from Endangered to Vulnerable?

BirdLife species factsheet for Forbes’s Blackbird Forbes’s Blackbird is currently known from widely scattered sites in Pernambuco, Alagoas and Minas Gerais, east and north-east Brazil, and has a very small and fragmented range. The population size has been preliminarily estimated … Continue reading

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Banded Cotinga (Cotinga maculata): uplist from Endangered to Critically Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Banded Cotinga Banded Cotinga Cotinga maculata is restricted to south-east Bahia and north Espírito Santo with two recent records from north-east Minas Gerais (Ribon et al. 2004). The species has not been recorded since the 19th century … Continue reading

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Cone-billed Tanager (Conothraupis mesoleuca): downlist from Critically Endangered to Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Cone-billed Tanager The Cone-billed Tanager went undetected from 1938 to 2003, but was then rediscovered in gallery forest in Emas National Park, and has since been found at several sites along the Alto Rio Juruena, and … Continue reading

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Rufous Twistwing (Cnipodectes superrufus): downlist from VU to NT or LC?

BirdLife species factsheet for Rufous Twistwing Rufous Twistwing is a recently described species from an area of southwestern Amazonia bordering Madre de Dios in Peru, Acre in Brazil and Pando in Bolivia (Tobias et al. 2008). The species is listed … Continue reading

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Kaempfer’s Woodpecker (Celeus obrieni): downlist from Endangered to Vulnerable?

BirdLife species factsheet for Kaempfer’s Woodpecker Kaempfer’s Woodpecker was rediscovered in 2006 after 80 years without a record, and has now been recorded at several widely-distributed sites across Maranhão, Piauí, Tocantins, Goiás and Mato Grosso in northeast Brazil. Given that … Continue reading

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White-bearded Antshrike (Biatas nigropectus): downlist from VU to NT?

BirdLife species factsheet for White-bearded Antshrike White-bearded Antshrike is found in southern Brazil from Espirito Santo to Santa Catarina, and in Misiones, north-east Argentina. The species is listed as Vulnerable under A2c+3c+4c; B1ab(i,ii,iii,iv,v)c(iv); C2a(i)b. The population is estimated to number … Continue reading

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Pernambuco Foliage-gleaner (Automolus lammi): uplist from Vulnerable to Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Pernambuco Foliage-gleaner The Pernambuco Foliage-gleaner was split recently from Automolus leucopthalmus. It occurs in coastal areas of Paraíba, Pernambuco, Alagoas, and Sergipe states, Brazil (Zimmer 2008) and is known from only a few formally protected areas, … Continue reading

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Hooded Visorbearer (Augastes lumachella): uplist from Near Threatened to Endangered?

BirdLife species factsheet for Hooded Visorbearer The Hooded Visorbearer is restricted to Bahia, north-east Brazil, where it is found at elevations of 950-1,600 m between Morro do Chapéu, Andarái and Barra da Estiva (Sick 1993, Parker et al. 1996). The … Continue reading

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Vinaceous-breasted Amazon (Amazona vinacea): downlist from Endangered to Vulnerable?

BirdLife species factsheet for Vinaceous-breasted Amazon Vinaceous-breasted Amazon is found in Paraguay, southern Brazil and in north-east Argentina. The species is listed as Endangered under C2a(i). The population has been estimated at 600-1,700 mature individuals in 2009. A rapid and … Continue reading

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Red-browed Amazon (Amazona rhodocorytha): downlist from Endangered to Vulnerable?

BirdLife species factsheet for Red-browed Amazon The Red-browed Amazon is listed as Endangered under Criterion B1ab(i,ii,iii,v) owing to its severely fragmented and declining range and population. The species is rare and local in the isolated Atlantic forest fragments of east … Continue reading

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Red-tailed Amazon (Amazona brasiliensis): downlist from Vulnerable to Near Threatened?

BirdLife species factsheet for Red-tailed Amazon The Red-tailed Amazon occurs in a narrow littoral strip, between the Serra do Mar and the coast, from Itanhaém in São Paulo through Paraná to extreme north-east Santa Catarina, south-east Brazil (Lalime 1997). Breeding … Continue reading

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Cobb’s Wren (Troglodytes cobbi): downlist to Near Threatened or Least Concern?

T. cobbi is endemic to the Falkland Islands (Malvinas), where it has a scattered distribution. In 2000, the population size of T. cobbi was estimated to be about 6,000 pairs (Woods 2000). In 2008 this estimate had remained broadly unchanged … Continue reading

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Global IUCN Red List for birds – 2015 changes

Many thanks to all who contributed information and comments on this year’s reassessments. The 2015 Red List for birds was launched today, and the new assessments can be found at http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/search. You can read the BirdLife news story here: http://www.birdlife.org/worldwide/news/2015-red-list-vultures-shorebirds-and-other-iconic-species … Continue reading

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The taxonomic treatment of the Little Shearwater (Puffinus assimilis)/Audubon’s Shearwater (P. lherminieri) complex is being revised, and P. bryani is being recognised as a species: request for information

BirdLife’s taxonomic treatment of the Little Shearwater Puffinus assimilis/Audubon’s Shearwater P. lherminieri complex is being revised to reflect improved understanding of their taxonomy, and P. bryani (Pyle et al. 2011) is to be recognised as a species. Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Red Knot (Calidris canutus): request for information

Red Knot (BirdLife factsheet) is a long-distance migrant shorebird, with six Arctic-breeding subspecies: C. c. canutus – CN Siberia, in Taymyr Peninsula and possibly Yakutia; winters in W & S Africa and S Asia. C. c. piersmai – New Siberian … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Cory’s Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea) is being split: request for information on C. diomedea and C. borealis

Cory’s Shearwater Calonectris diomedea is being split into C. diomedea and C. borealis, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010) and consultation of genetic evidence (Gómez-Díaz et al. 2009, Genovart et al. 2013). Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Northern Screamer (Chauna chavaria): request for information

Northern Screamer Chauna chavaria is endemic to the marshlands of northern Colombia and north-western Venezuela. It is listed as Vulnerable at the national level in the two countries in which it occurs, and may qualify as globally threatened. To confirm whether this is the case, more information is required, particularly on its status in Colombia, where the majority of the world population is found. Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Woodpecker Finch (Camarhynchus pallidus): uplist to Vulnerable?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2013 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2015. BirdLife species factsheet for Woodpecker Finch Woodpecker Finch Camarhynchus pallidus is restricted to the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador), where it … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: White-chinned Petrel (Procellaria aequinoctialis): uplist to Endangered?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2013 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2015. BirdLife Species Factsheet for White-chinned Petrel White-chinned Petrel Procellaria aequinoctialis is currently classified as Vulnerable under criterion … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Chestnut-capped Piha (Lipaugus weberi): does it qualify as Critically Endangered?

There is some confusion over the level of habitat fragmentation relevant to this species. Given the extremely small range size of this species, the incorporation of severe fragmentation into the Red List assessment would likely qualify the species for Critically Endangered under criterion B1 (cf. Fundación ProAves de Colombia 2011).

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Archived 2015 topics: Yellow-headed Manakin (Xenopipo flavicapilla): request for information

Yellow-headed Manakin Xenopipo flavicapilla is currently listed as Near Threatened; however, recent information suggests that the species’s rate of decline could be higher than previously thought. Up-to-date information is requested on this species’s likely population size, sub-population structure, estimated rate of decline and the severity of threats to help in the assessment of its threat level under all relevant criteria. Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Carrizal Seedeater (Amaurospiza carrizalensis): new information requested.

Carrizal Seedeater Amaurospiza carrizalensis was only described in 2003, shortly after which habitat at the type locality was destroyed. Consequently the species was listed as Critically Endangered with a suspected global population of fewer than 50 individuals and declining. However, surveys in late 2007 and 2008 recorded the species in seven areas in the Caroní basin. Declines are still suspected because other potentially suitable habitat continues to be destroyed. However, the low number of records may be partly due to the difficulty in surveying its habitat. If the species has proven to be more common and widespread and its habitat less threatened than was initially feared then it may warrant downlisting to a lower category of threat. Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Long-tailed Woodnymph (Thalurania watertonii): request for information

Long-tailed Woodnymph Thalurania watertonii is listed as Near Threatened under criterion B1a+b(i,ii,iii,iv,v) on the basis that it was thought to have a moderately small range within which its habitat is severely fragmented and its population is suspected to be declining owing to habitat loss. The species’s Extent of Occurrence has now been updated and is estimated at 34,800 km2, which no longer approaches the threshold for Vulnerable under the B1 criterion. This suggests that the species is eligible for downlisting to Least Concern.
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Archived 2015 topics: Large Tree-finch (Camarhynchus psittacula): uplist to Vulnerable?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2013 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2015. BirdLife species factsheet for Large Tree-finch Large Tree-finch Camarhynchus psittacula is restricted to the Galápagos islands, Ecuador, with breeding … Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Plain-flanked Rail (Rallus wetmorei): request for information

The total population might be assumed to fall in the range of 50-249 mature individuals, based on the paucity of recent records and the small number of known localities. Its population is suspected to be rapidly decreasing as its mangrove habitat is lost or degraded owing to coastal housing, tourist and industrial developments, pollution from domestic sewage and agricultural run-off, sedimentation and the restriction of water flow by road-building. In the absence of further information, and if the known population is indeed fewer than 250 mature individuals, in continuing decline and with over 90% of mature individuals in one sub-population, the species might qualify as Critically Endangered under criterion C2a(ii). Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Bahia Tapaculo (Eleoscytalopus psychopompus): downlist to Endangered?

Bahia Tapaculo Eleoscytalopus psychopompus is currently listed as Critically Endangered under criterion B1a+b(i,ii,iii,iv,v). 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. Continue reading

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Archived 2015 topics: Venezuelan Wood-quail (Odontophorus columbianus): request for information

Venezuelan Wood-quail Odontophorus columbianus is listed as Near Threatened under criterion B1a+b(i,ii,iii,iv) because, although it has an Extent of Occurrence estimated at 9,400 km2, within which it is suspected to be declining owing to habitat loss and hunting pressure, the population is not considered to be severely fragmented or restricted to a few locations. Up-to-date information is requested on this species’s population, the likely rate of decline over 12 years (estimate of three generations) and the severity of threats.
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Archived 2015 topics: Rufous-tailed Hawk (Buteo ventralis): uplist to Vulnerable?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2013 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2015. BirdLife species factsheet for Rufous-tailed Hawk Rufous-tailed Hawk Buteo ventralis is restricted to the lower Andes of Patagonia in … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Crescent-chested Puffbird (Malacoptila striata) is being split: list M. minor as Critically Endangered and M. striata as Near Threatened?

Crescent-chested Puffbird Malacoptila striata is being split into M. striata and M. minor, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: The recently described taxon Capito fitzpatricki is being recognised as a species by BirdLife: list the species as Near Threatened?

The recently described taxon Capito fitzpatricki (Seeholzer et al. 2012) is being recognised as a species by BirdLife, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Ringed Woodpecker (Celeus torquatus) is being split: request for information on C. tinnunculus, and list C. torquatus as Near Threatened and C. occidentalis as Least Concern?

Ringed Woodpecker Celeus torquatus is being split into C. torquatus, C. occidentalis and C. tinnunculus, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Golden-bellied Starfrontlet (Coeligena bonapartei) is being split: request for information on C. consita

Golden-bellied Starfrontlet Coeligena bonapartei is being split into C. bonapartei, C. eos and C. consita, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Clapper Rail (Rallus longirostris) is being split: list R. obsoletus (incorporating levipes, yumanensis and beldingi) as Near Threatened or Vulnerable?

Clapper Rail Rallus longirostris is being split into R. longirostris, R. obsoletus and R. crepitans, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Sun Parakeet (Aratinga solstitialis) is being split: list A. solstitialis as Endangered and A. maculata as Vulnerable?

Sun Parakeet Aratinga solstitialis is being split into A. solstitialis and A. maculata, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Black-mandibled Toucan (Ramphastos ambiguus) and Chestnut-mandibled Toucan (R. swainsonii) are being lumped as R. ambiguus: list the newly-defined species as Near Threatened?

Black-mandibled Toucan Ramphastos ambiguus and Chestnut-mandibled Toucan R. swainsonii are being lumped as R. ambiguus, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Scarlet-fronted Parakeet (Aratinga wagleri) is being split: request for information

Scarlet-fronted Parakeet Aratinga wagleri is being split into A. wagleri and A. frontalis, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Sapphire Quail-dove (Geotrygon saphirina) is being split: list G. purpurata as Endangered and G. saphirina according to predicated rates of forest loss?

Sapphire Quail-dove Geotrygon saphirina is being split into G. saphirina and G. purpurata, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Festive Coquette (Lophornis chalybeus) is being split: list L. chalybeus as Near Threatened and L. verreauxii as Least Concern?

Festive Coquette Lophornis chalybeus is being split into L. chalybeus and L. verreauxii, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Crimson-bellied Woodpecker (Campephilus haematogaster) is being split: list C. splendens as Near Threatened and C. haematogaster as Least Concern?

Crimson-bellied Woodpecker Campephilus haematogaster is being split into C. haematogaster and C. splendens, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Amethyst-throated Sunangel (Heliangelus amethysticollis) is being split: list H. spencei as Vulnerable or Near Threatened?

Amethyst-throated Sunangel Heliangelus amethysticollis is being split into H. amethysticollis, H. clarisse and H. spencei, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Blue-throated Piping-guan (Pipile cumanensis) is being split: list P. grayi as Near Threatened and P. cumanensis as Least Concern?

Blue-throated Piping-guan Pipile cumanensis is being split into P. cumanensis and P. grayi, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Horned Curassow (Pauxi unicornis) is being split: list P. koepckeae as Critically Endangered and P. unicornis as Endangered?

Horned Curassow Pauxi unicornis is being split into P. unicornis and P. koepckeae, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Versicoloured Barbet (Eubucco versicolor) is being split: list E. steerii as Vulnerable or Near Threatened, E. glaucogularis as Near Threatened and E. versicolor as Least Concern?

Versicoloured Barbet Eubucco versicolor is being split into and E. glaucogularis, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Red-lored Amazon (Amazona autumnalis) is being split: list A. lilacina and A. diadema as Endangered and A. autumnalis as Least Concern?

Red-lored Amazon Amazona autumnalis is being split into A. autumnalis, A. lilacina and A. diadema, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Two Amazona splits: list both Amazona guatemalae and A. bodini as Near Threatened?

Festive Amazon Amazona festiva is being split into A. festiva and A. bodini, and Mealy Amazon A. farinosa is being split into A. farinosa and A. guatemalae, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Bare-faced Curassow (Crax fasciolata) is being split: list C. pinima as Critically Endangered and C. fasciolata as Near Threatened?

Bare-faced Curassow Crax fasciolata is being split into C. fasciolata and C. pinima, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Dark-winged Trumpeter (Psophia viridis) is being split: list P. obscura as Critically Endangered, P. dextralis as Endangered and P. viridis as Vulnerable?

Dark-winged Trumpeter Psophia viridis is being split into P. viridis, P. dextralis and P. obscura, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Painted Parakeet (Pyrrhura picta) is being split: list P. subandina and P. caeruliceps as Critically Endangered, P. eisenmanni as Endangered, and other species as indicated by projected rates of forest loss in Amazonia?

Painted Parakeet Pyrrhura picta is being split into P. picta, P. snethlageae, P. parvifrons, P. amazonum, P. lucianii, P. roseifrons, P. peruviana, P. subandina, P. caeruleiceps and P. eisenmanni, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Comments are invited on suggested Red List categories for a suite of newly-defined species occurring in Amazonia, according to predicted declines based on projected forest loss

BirdLife’s taxonomic treatment of a number of taxa occurring in the Amazonia region has been revised following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). The initial Red List assessments for these newly-defined species have been carried out based on predicted population trends derived from projected forest loss, in line with the methods of Bird et al. (2011). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: American Coot (Fulica americana) and Caribbean Coot (F. caribaea) are being lumped as F. americana: list the newly defined species as Least Concern?

American Coot Fulica americana and Caribbean Coot F. caribaea are being lumped as F. americana, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010) and study of published information (Robertson and Baptista 1988, McNair and Cramer-Burke 2006, Sibley 2011). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Silvery Grebe (Podiceps occipitalis) is being split: list P. juninensis as Near Threatened or Vulnerable?

Silvery Grebe Podiceps occipitalis is being split into P. occipitalis and P. juninensis, following the application of criteria set out by Tobias et al. (2010). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Plumbeous Hawk (Leucopternis plumbeus): uplist to Vulnerable?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2013 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2014. BirdLife species factsheet for Plumbeous Hawk Plumbeous Hawk Leucopternis plumbeus is considered rare to uncommon in east Panama, west … Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Hoary Puffleg (Haplophaedia lugens): request for information

Hoary Puffleg Haplophaedia lugens is listed as Near Threatened, but up-to-date information is requested on this species’s total population size, the severity of threats and the likely population trend, which should be estimated for a period of 12 years (estimate of three generations). Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: White-browed Antpitta (Hylopezus ochroleucus): downlist to Least Concern?

White-browed Antpitta Hylopezus ochroleucus is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List, however, this species has been mapped by Natureserve/BirdLife International as having an estimated Extent of Occurrence (EOO) of 546,000 km2, hence it appears to warrant downlisting to Least Concern. Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes): request for information

Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes is listed as Least Concern on the basis that it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under any of the IUCN criteria. In recent years, evidence of declines in the population of T. flavipes has raised concerns over the species’s status. Up-to-date information is requested on this species’s population trend and the severity of potential threats. Continue reading

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Archived 2014 discussion: Black-and-chestnut Eagle (Spizaetus isidori): uplist to Endangered?

Black-and-chestnut Eagle (Spizaetus isidori) is proposed for uplisting to Endangered if all subpopulations are thought likely to number fewer than 250 mature individuals. Continue reading

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