Justification of Red List Category
This species has a very small range, being restricted to a small number of isolated island groups. Declines may be occurring as a result of logging in parts of its range; however, its habitat and population are not regarded as being severely fragmented or restricted to a few locations. Therefore, it is currently considered Near Threatened, but further studies are needed in order to clarify its status.
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as common within its very small range (del Hoyo et al. 2006).
Population trends are unknown, but declines could be occurring in line with habitat loss on more populated islands.
Rhipidura fuscorufa is restricted to the Banda Sea Islands Endemic Bird Area, Indonesia (Babar and the Tanimbar Islands) (BirdLife International 2001). It is common within its very small range.
This species inhabits forest and mangroves at low elevations.
There is significant logging in the south of Yamdena, the largest island in the group, and possibly in other parts of the species's range.
Conservation Actions Underway
No targeted conservation actions are known for this species, although some of its habitat is protected.
Conservation Actions Proposed
Conduct surveys of all islands in the group to determine its current status and rates of habitat loss. Conduct ecological studies to assess its resilience to habitat degradation and loss. Effectively protect significant areas of suitable forest at key sites, in both strictly protected areas and community-led multiple use areas.
Text account compilers
Benstead, P., Gilroy, J., Taylor, J.
BirdLife International (2019) Species factsheet: Rhipidura fuscorufa. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 17/11/2019. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2019) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 17/11/2019.