Todiramphus nigrocyaneus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Aves Coraciiformes Alcedinidae

Scientific Name: Todiramphus nigrocyaneus
Species Authority: (Wallace, 1862)
Common Name(s):
English Blue-black Kingfisher
Todirhamphus nigrocyaneus nigrocyaneus Collar et al. (1994)
Todirhamphus nigrocyaneus nigrocyaneus Sibley and Monroe (1990, 1993)
Taxonomic Source(s): del Hoyo, J., Collar, N.J., Christie, D.A., Elliott, A. and Fishpool, L.D.C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Lynx Edicions BirdLife International.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Butchart, S. & Symes, A.
Contributor(s): Burrows, I.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Derhé, M., Shutes, S., Symes, A.
This species is known from New Guinea and adjacent islands, and appears to be inexplicably rare, with only three recent records from Papua New Guinea. There is no information on its likely distribution extent, population size or trends, although it may be threatened by logging. For these reasons, it is classified as Data Deficient.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2008 Data Deficient (DD)
2004 Data Deficient (DD)
2000 Data Deficient (DD)
1994 Lower Risk/near threatened (LR/nt)
1988 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Todiramphus nigrocyaneus is a little-known species of New Guinea (Papua, formerly Irian Jaya, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea) and the adjacent islands of Salawati, Batanta and Yapen. There are only three recent records from Papua New Guinea: from Morehead (Trans-Fly), Madang and Lakekamu (Bellchambers et al. 1994, I. Burrows in litt. 1994, Mack 1998), although it may be more common in Papua (Beehler et al. 1986) where it was reported from Nimbokrang near Jayapura (Eastwood 1996). It appears to be inexplicably rare.

Countries occurrence:
Indonesia; Papua New Guinea
Continuing decline in area of occupancy (AOO): Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in area of occupancy (AOO): No
Estimated extent of occurrence (EOO) - km2: 463000
Continuing decline in extent of occurrence (EOO): Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in extent of occurrence (EOO): No
Continuing decline in number of locations: Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in the number of locations: No
Upper elevation limit (metres): 600
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Population [top]

Population: The population size of this species has not been quantified; it is considered scarce to common across its range. More research is required.

Trend Justification:  The population is suspected to be in decline owing to ongoing habitat destruction.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Number of mature individuals: Unknown Continuing decline of mature individuals: Yes
Extreme fluctuations: No Population severely fragmented: No
Continuing decline in subpopulations: Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in subpopulations: No All individuals in one subpopulation: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is known from few scattered records from streams, swamps and ponds in forest to 600 m.

Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat: Unknown
Generation Length (years): 4.8
Movement patterns: Not a Migrant

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It may be threatened by logging, particularly of lowland swamp forests, and the consequential decline in water quality.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
None is known.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Survey potentially suitable habitats for the species. Study its ecological requirements and threats.

Citation: BirdLife International. 2012. Todiramphus nigrocyaneus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012: e.T22683282A38260512. . Downloaded on 25 November 2015.
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