Brass's Friarbird Philemon brassi

Family: Meliphagidae (Honeyeaters)

Authority: Rand, 1940

Red List Category

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Justification of Red List category
This species is among New Guinea's most poorly known (Beehler and Pratt 2016). There are few sightings from the past three decades, and it is currently recorded from only five localities spread across the vast Mamberamo basin of the north-west Papuan lowlands; there is, however, no biogeographic reason to suppose it may not occur more widely in the region in areas of suitable habitat. Although there are few recent data, there is no plausible threat to this species in its range. The rate of forest cover loss within the altitudinal range of the species is minimal and this species is tolerant of, if not has preference towards, second growth and disturbed habitats (principally along watercourses). The population is therefore suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats and it does not appear likely to approach any thresholds for listing as a threatened species. For this reason it is evaluated as Least Concern.

Population size: unknown

Population trend: Stable

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 46,800 km2

Country endemic: Yes

Land-mass type - shelf island
Realm - Oceanic
IUCN Ecosystem -- Freshwater biome
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Philemon brassi. Downloaded from on 31/03/2023. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 31/03/2023.