Delta Amacuro Softtail Thripophaga amacurensis


Justification of Red List Category
This species has a very small extent of occurrence, a single location and is declining as a result of deforestation. For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Endangered.

Population justification
The population size of this species has not been quantified, but it is not thought to be large given this species’s very restricted range.

Trend justification
The species is thought to be declining as a result of habitat loss.

Distribution and population

Delta Amacuro Softtail is limited to the southern portion of the delta of the River Orinoco in northern Venezuela.


The species occurs in seasonally flooded forest near to streams and rivers,


In the eastern part of its range there appear to be no immediate threats (Fjeldså and Sharpe 2016), but in the west deforestation may be affecting this species. Logging, oil exploration and clearance for agriculture are particular threats (Hilty et al. 2013, Lentino and Sharpe 2015); and by April 2010 the most westerly of its four sites had been deforested (Lentino and Sharpe 2015).

Conservation actions

Survey to better establish range and protect remaining habitat within range.


Text account compilers
Westrip, J. & Wheatley, H.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Species factsheet: Thripophaga amacurensis. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/03/2020. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2020) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/03/2020.