Justification of Red List Category
This species is classified as Near Threatened because it is suspected to be declining moderately rapidly owing to habitat loss.
The global population size has not been quantified, but this species is described as 'uncommon' (Stotz et al. 1996).
The population is suspected to be in decline owing to ongoing habitat destruction.
Tijuca atra occurs in Rio de Janeiro, extreme east São Paulo and adjacent south Minas Gerais, south-east Brazil (Ridgely and Tudor 1994, Parker et al. 1996). Despite this highly restricted range, habitat destruction of its montane Atlantic forest has been much less extensive than in adjacent lowland areas (Stattersfield et al. 1998). As a consequence, it is numerous in the upper reaches of Itatiaia and Serra dos Órgãos national parks, and locally fairly common in the canopy and middle levels of montane forest elsewhere within its range (Ridgely and Tudor 1994).
It occurs in the canopy and middle levels of montane Atlantic forest at 1,100-2,100 m.
Destruction of its montane Atlantic forest has been much less extensive than in adjacent lowland areas (Stattersfield et al. 1998). It is occasionally hunted for food.
Conservation Actions Underway
It is numerous in Itatiaia and Serra dos Órgãos National Parks.
Text account compilers
Capper, D., O'Brien, A., Sharpe, C J, Symes, A.
BirdLife International (2017) Species factsheet: Lipaugus ater. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 15/12/2017. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2017) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 15/12/2017.