Venezuelan Bristle-tyrant Pogonotriccus venezuelanus


Justification of Red List Category
This species is suspected to be declining within its small range. However, the range is not yet severely fragmented or restricted to few locations. For these reasons, the species is classified as Near Threatened. If it is found to be declining moderately rapidly, the species may qualify for uplisting to Vulnerable.

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but this species is described as 'fairly common' (Stotz et al. (1996).

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

Distribution and population

Phylloscartes venezuelanus occurs in the Cordillera de la Costa from Carabobo east to Distrito Federal, and on cerro Golfo Triste in south Aragua and cerro Negro in south Miranda, north Venezuela (Meyer de Schauensee and Phelps 1978, Ridgely and Tudor 1994, Hilty 2003), where it is still fairly common in some areas but has suffered from severe deforestation in others.


It is fairly common in the lower and middle growth of montane humid forest and forest edge at elevations of 850-1,400 m (Ridgely and Tudor 1994, Stattersfield et al. 1998).


Although there is still extensive forest cover in parts of its limited range, deforestation has been severe around Caracas, and many other areas have also been degraded (Huber and Alarcón 1988, Stattersfield et al. 1998).

Conservation actions

Conservation Actions Underway
It occurs in San Esteban, Henri Pittier, Macarao, El Avila and Guatopo National Parks, Pico Codazzi Nature Monument and several other protected areas.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Effectively protect areas where the species occurs. Study its ecology and its ability to persist in degraded and fragmented habitats. Use GIS habitat loss data to produce estimate of declines.


Text account compilers
Capper, D., O'Brien, A., Sharpe, C J, Symes, A.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Species factsheet: Pogonotriccus venezuelanus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 03/08/2020. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2020) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 03/08/2020.