Justification of Red List Category
This species has a small range in which habitat is being degraded and lost. However, it remains quite common in suitable habitat, and this is not yet severely fragmented or restricted to few locations. The species is therefore classified as Near Threatened.
The global population size has not been quantified, but this species is described as 'common' (Stotz et al. 1996).
There are no data on population trends; however, the species is likely to be declining as a result of forest loss and degradation.
Phaenicophilus poliocephalus is common but local on the southern peninsula of Haiti and on the satellite islands of île-à-Vache, Grande Cayemite and Gonâve. In the Dominican Republic, it is rare on the north and south slopes of the Sierra de Baoruco and on the southern part of Loma de Toro and Hoyo de Pelempito (Raffaele et al. 1998).
It has relatively wide habitat tolerance, occurring in humid forest, forest edge, thickets, mangroves, open areas and gardens up to 2,400 m (Isler and Isler 1987, Stattersfield et al. 1998).
There has been severe loss of natural forest habitats (mainly resulting from shifting agriculture) within its very restricted range in the Dominican Republic (Schubert 1993), and the situation is worse in Haiti (Paryski et al. 1989).
Conservation Actions Underway
None is known.
Text account compilers
Capper, D., Mahood, S., O'Brien, A., Sharpe, C J & Wheatley, H.
BirdLife International (2019) Species factsheet: Phaenicophilus poliocephalus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 14/11/2019. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2019) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 14/11/2019.