|Scientific Name:||Malacopteron palawanense|
|Species Authority:||Büttikofer, 1895|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Near Threatened ver 3.1|
|Reviewer/s:||Butchart, S. & Symes, A.|
This species is considered Near Threatened as it has a moderately small global range and population size, and is suspected to be declining as a result of habitat loss. It remains fairly common in suitable habitats, and may be tolerant of secondary habitats suggesting that it is not at imminent risk. However, further data on its habitat requirements are urgently needed.
|Range Description:||Malacopteron palawanense is endemic to Palawan and Balabac in the Philippines, with records on Palawan (including from Tanabag, Iwahig Penal Colony and Puerto Princesa), Inagauan, Quezon (including from Tabon and Bungalon), Taguso, Pulot, Brooke's Point, Singnapan, and adjacent areas. It is described as uncommon, although surveys in the 1990s found it to occur at good densities in remaining pockets of suitable habitat. It is apparently absent from St Paul's Subterranean River National Park, despite the presence of apparently suitable habitat, and currently the best protection appears to be afforded by the Iwahig Penal Colony.|
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|Population:||The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as uncommon (del Hoyo et al. 2007).|
|Habitat and Ecology:||This species occurs in primary and old secondary lowland evergreen forest, bamboo and forest edge. It may be an extreme lowland specialist, and its absence from apparently suitable areas in St Paul's Subterranean River National Park suggest that an unidentified habitat specialisation may influence its distribution. It is recorded most frequently in vine tangles within the middle and upper strata of low trees (del Hoyo et al. 2007).|
|Major Threat(s):||Lowland forest loss, degradation and fragmentation are the major threats. Deforestation in lowland Palawan has been extensive and logging and mining concessions have been granted for almost all remaining forests on the island. Illegal logging is thought to persist in the remaining extensive forest of the south. Forest at Iwahig Penal Colony, a key site, may be threatened by plans to mine chromite.|
Conservation Actions Underway
Conservation Actions Proposed
Conduct repeated surveys within the range to determine current distribution and abundance, as well as assess 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. Campaign for the protection of remaining tracts of lowland woodland on Palawan.
|Citation:||BirdLife International 2012. Malacopteron palawanense. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 22 May 2013.|
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