Sri Lanka Warbler Elaphrornis palliseri


Justification of Red List Category
This species has a moderately small range, within which it is apparently scarce and localised. Although much of its habitat remains secure, it may be declining as a result of habitat loss in some areas, and this situation should be carefully monitored. It is currently considered Near Threatened.

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as locally not uncommon (del Hoyo et al. 2006).

Trend justification
Slight declines are thought likely to be occurring as a result of habitat loss within the lower elevational range of this species.

Distribution and population

Bradypterus palliseri is an endemic resident in Sri Lanka. It occupies a small range, within which it is apparently rare. However, it is very unobtrusive, and has been found to be fairly common in suitable habitat.


This species inhabits grassy hollows or margins, preferably with bamboo or Strobilanthes intermixed, within or adjacent to forests with dense undergrowth or wet oak forest, particularly above 1,500 m, but also recorded down to 350 m.


Forest habitats within the range are currently being affected by clearance for agriculture and logging, although this is occurring only at very low rates. However, should fragmentation or degradation increase, as seems to be the case at lower altitudes, its threat status could increase rapidly.

Conservation actions

Conservation Actions Underway
A core population is protected within Horton Plains National Park

Conservation Actions Proposed
Conduct repeated surveys within the range to assess its current distribution and abundance, as well as identify 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. Increase the area of suitable habitat that has protected status.


Text account compilers
Benstead, P., Gilroy, J., Khwaja, N.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Species factsheet: Elaphrornis palliseri. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 12/11/2019. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2019) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 12/11/2019.