Justification of Red List Category
This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be increasing, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size is very large, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
The global population is estimated to number 500,000-4,999,999 mature individuals (Partners in Flight 2019).
The species is undergoing a large, significant increase (Partners in Flight 2019). Deforestation in Northern Colombia has allowed the species to expand its range into Panama. Deforestation throughout Amazonian is also creating new areas of suitable habitat for this species.
Text account compilers
Harding, M., Ekstrom, J. & Butchart, S.
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