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Black-and-gold Cotinga Lipaugus ater



Justification

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.

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but this species is described as 'uncommon' (Stotz et al. 1996).

Trend justification
The population is suspected to be in decline owing to ongoing habitat destruction.

Distribution and population

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).

Ecology

It occurs in the canopy and middle levels of montane Atlantic forest at 1,100-2,100 m.

Threats

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

Conservation Actions Underway
It is numerous in Itatiaia and Serra dos Órgãos National Parks.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Monitor population in strongholds at Itatiaia and Serra dos Órgãos National Parks. Quantify rates of habitat loss in montane Atlantic forest. Ensure effective protection of Itatiaia and Serra dos Órgãos National Parks.

Acknowledgements

Text account compilers
Capper, D., O'Brien, A., Sharpe, C J, Symes, A.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2017) Species factsheet: Lipaugus ater. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/10/2017. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2017) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/10/2017.