Buff-throated Tody-tyrant Hemitriccus rufigularis


Justification of Red List Category
This species has a moderately small and declining population. Consequently it is currently classified as Near Threatened.

Population justification
The population is preliminarily estimated to number at least 10,000 individuals, roughly equating to 6,700 mature individuals. This requires confirmation.

Trend justification
This species is suspected to lose 11.3-11.6% of suitable habitat within its distribution over three generations (11 years) based on a model of Amazonian deforestation (Soares-Filho et al. 2006, Bird et al. 2011). It is therefore suspected to decline by <25% over three generations.

Distribution and population

Hemitriccus rufigularis occurs disjunctly in the east Andes of Ecuador (west Napo, Morona-Santiago, Sucumbíos [T. Schulenberg in litt. 2001] and Zamora-Chinchipe), Peru (San Martín and from Huánuco south to Puno) and west Bolivia (La Paz, extreme south-west Beni and west Santa Cruz) (Ridgely and Tudor 1994). It is uncommon and very local.


It appears to be restricted to vine tangles within humid foothill forest on isolated low massifs at 750-1,500 m (Ridgely and Tudor 1994; Parker et al. 1996; Ridgely and Greenfield 2001; Schulenberg et al. 2007).


In Peru, much of its habitat is relatively intact above 900 m, but there has been widespread destruction of foothill forests elsewhere in its range (Ridgely and Tudor 1994), where the effects of extensive agricultural conversion and logging have been amplified by road-building and human colonisation (Dinerstein et al. 1995).

Conservation actions

Conservation Actions Underway
None is known.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Designate and effectively protect areas of foothill forest within its range. Promote conservation of forests among local people. Study the species's ecology and determine its ability to persist in degraded and fragmented habitats. Survey suitable habitat within its potential range. Attempt to quantify any declines in population.


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

Schulenberg, T.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Species factsheet: Hemitriccus rufigularis. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 16/08/2022. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2022) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 16/08/2022.