Blue-bearded Helmetcrest Oxypogon cyanolaemus

Family: Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)

Authority: Salvin & Godman, 1880

Red List Category

Criteria: C2a(ii)

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Justification of Red List category
Prior to its rediscovery in March 2015 this recently-split species had not been recorded since 1946 despite several recent surveys. Extensive burning and overgrazing has severely degraded its high altitude páramo habitat, and the remaining population is inferred to be very small and declining. For these reasons the species has been classified as Critically Endangered.

Population size: 50-249

Population trend: Decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 2,800 km2

Country endemic: Yes

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Oxypogon cyanolaemus. Downloaded from on 02/06/2023. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 02/06/2023.