Justification of Red List category
This newly-split species has a very small range and is assumed to have a single moderately small population that is subject to ongoing conversion of habitat for smallholder farming. It has therefore been classified as Near Threatened.
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is reported to be not as common as the Vanikoro flycatcher but quite regularly observed in suitable habitats (Watling 2001).
This population is suspected to be in decline owing to the likelihood that deforestation is occurring (del Hoyo et al. 2006).
This species is restricted to the island of Taveuni in northern Fiji.
This species is found in hilly and montane forest (Gregory 2016).
There is ongoing conversion of forest for small-holder farming within this species's range (see BirdLife International 2016). The species may be at risk if invasive mongooses should become established on Taveuni, but this has not occurred yet (Gregory 2016).
Conservation Actions Underway
A large proportion of the species’ range lies within the Taveuni Highlands IBA (BirdLife International 2016).
Conservation Actions Proposed
Conduct surveys to get better population size and trend estimates. Protect the species's remaining habitat. Make sure mongooses do not get established on Taveuni.
Text account compilers
Butchart, S., Ekstrom, J., Martin, R, Symes, A., Westrip, J.
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Myiagra azureocapilla. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/azure-crested-flycatcher-myiagra-azureocapilla on 27/09/2023. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org on 27/09/2023.