Hooded Treepie Crypsirina cucullata


Justification of Red List category
This species occurs within a moderately small range and is thought to have a moderately small and fragmented population. It is suspected to be declining as a result of habitat loss, and is therefore considered Near Threatened.

Population justification
The population size of this species has not been quantified; it is considered common in suitable habitats.

Trend justification
Recent data are lacking on the status of this species, but observations have suggested a slow to moderate decline in line with habitat loss across its range.

Distribution and population

Crypsirina cucullata is endemic to the dry zone of central Myanmar, on the plains of the Irrawaddy and Sittang Rivers (BirdLife International 2001). It was formerly common, but has declined sharply as a result of habitat loss through agricultural development. However, recent surveys have found it to remain locally common in extensive areas of suitable habitat.


This species occurs in dry dipterocarp forest, dry thornscrub, secondary growth and the edge of agricultural land in the lowlands to 1,000 m.


The forests of the Irrawaddy plains are now largely cleared for agriculture, and remaining patches are threatened by further clearance and subsistence logging.

Conservation actions

Conservation Actions Underway
No targeted conservation actions are known for this species, although some of its habitat is protected.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Conduct repeated surveys within the species's range to determine current distribution and abundance, as well as assess population trends and rates of habitat loss. Conduct ecological studies to improve understanding of its precise habitat requirements, tolerance of secondary habitats and response to fragmentation. Campaign for the protection of remaining extensive tracts of forest on the Irwaddy plains.


Text account compilers
Benstead, P., Gilroy, J., Taylor, J.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Species factsheet: Crypsirina cucullata. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/hooded-treepie-crypsirina-cucullata on 04/03/2024.
Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2024) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org on 04/03/2024.