Pale-throated Wren-babbler Spelaeornis kinneari

Family: Timaliidae (Scimitar-babblers and allies)

Authority: Delacour & Jabouille, 1930

Red List Category

Criteria: B1ab(ii,iii,v)

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Justification of Red List category
This species has a small occupied range, in which it is restricted to fewer than 10 locations, and its habitat is declining as it is cleared to make way for cultivation. The species was listed as Vulnerable until it was downlisted in 2017 to Near Threatened because of the recognition of potential range extensions, and a change to the use of Minimum Convex Polygons for measuring a species’s Extent of Occurrence. The extension of the species’s range appears, however, to have been erroneous as it was assumed that the species occurs throughout the entire Hoang Lien Son range and included an uncertain and now rejected record from Guangxi, China (S. Mahood in litt. 2017). With the removal of areas where the species is not definitely known to occur from the species’s map, the Extent of Occurrence is smaller than previously estimated. Habitat loss and degradation within the species's range is considered to be resulting in continuing declines in Area of Occupancy, area and quality of habitat, as well as population size. The species is therefore classified as Vulnerable.

Population size: unknown

Population trend: Decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 2,400 km2

Country endemic: No

Realm - Indomalayan
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Species factsheet: Spelaeornis kinneari. Downloaded from on 01/12/2022. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2022) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 01/12/2022.