Harpactes whiteheadi


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Harpactes whiteheadi
Species Authority: Sharpe, 1888
Common Name(s):
English Whitehead's Trogon

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Butchart, S. & Symes, A.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Benstead, P., Gilroy, J., Taylor, J.
This species is listed as Near Threatened because it has a small range, in which the extent and quality of habitat are in decline, although its population is not regarded as severely fragmented or restricted to a few locations, and it probably has a moderately small population, which is also likely to be in decline.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Harpactes whiteheadi is restricted to Bornean mountains, including Mt Kinabalu, Sabah, and Mt Dulit, Sarawak, Malaysia, and Gunung Lunjut, Kalimantan, Indonesia (BirdLife International 2001). It is apparently uncommon everywhere and reputedly declining on Kinabalu, for unknown reasons.

Indonesia; Malaysia
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Population [top]

Population: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as uncommon throughout its limited range (del Hoyo et al. 1999).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is restricted to primary hill and montane forest at 900-1,500 m. It frequents dark, wet and mossy areas in higher branches of the understorey.

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat loss due to logging and agricultural conversion in its lower elevation range may be a threat, but reasons for declines at higher elevations are unknown.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
No targeted conservation actions are known for this species.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Carefully monitor populations at known sites in order to evaluate trends. Ensure the protection of montane forests, particularly on the lower slopes of key sites.

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Harpactes whiteheadi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 01 September 2015.
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