Slaty-backed Jungle-flycatcher Vauriella goodfellowi


Justification of Red List Category
This species is listed as Near Threatened because it has a moderately small range within which it is apparently rare. However, little is currently known about the population size of and threats to this species. Further information may indicate that a review of its status is warranted.

Population justification
The population size is unknown, but the species is described as uncommon or rare (del Hoyo et al. 2006).

Trend justification
The population is suspected to be in decline owing to ongoing habitat destruction.

Distribution and population

Rhinomyias goodfellowi is endemic to Mindanao, Philippines, where it is known from six upland localities in the centre of the island: Civolig (near Gingoog City), Daggayan (inland from Gingoog City), Mt Kitanglad, Mt Apo, Lake Sebu and Mt Busa. It was regularly encountered in 1992 and 1993 on Mt Kitanglad, and no fewer than 31 specimens were collected in 22 days of fieldwork in 1993. It appears, therefore, to be reasonably numerous within the confines of its range.


The species occurs in montane dipterocarp and moss forests above 1,000 m. It is usually solitary or in pairs and sits unobtrusively within 10 m of the ground. Breeding birds or fledged juveniles have been recorded between February and April, and in September and October.


It is mainly at risk owing to its apparent rarity and restricted range rather than any direct threats that are known to be impacting the population.

Conservation actions

Conservation Actions Underway
None are known.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Generate density estimates to inform a revised population estimate for the species, and assess the potential threats. Effectively protect significant areas of suitable forest at key sites, in both strictly protected areas and community-led multiple use areas.


Text account compilers
Bird, J., Butchart, S. & Khwaja, N.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Species factsheet: Vauriella goodfellowi. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 06/08/2020. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2020) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 06/08/2020.