Centropus unirufus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Centropus unirufus
Species Authority: Cabanis & Heine, 1863
Common Name(s):
English Rufous Coucal

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., Bird, J., Taylor, J.
This species is thought to be undergoing a moderately rapid and continuing decline owing to habitat loss, and as a result it is considered Near Threatened.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Centropus unirufus is endemic to Luzon and its satellites, Polillo and Catanduanes, in the Philippines, where it is uncommon and local (Collar et al. 1999).

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Population [top]

Population: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as uncommon and local (del Hoyo et al. 1997).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It appears to be a resident of lowland and hill forest with tangled undergrowth, but it persists well in mature secondary growth, selectively logged and degraded forest, and even prefers bamboo areas.

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It may be threatened by the actual and potential destruction of forest through logging, mining operations and agricultural expansion in the form of plantation agriculture and small-holder farming.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
None are known.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Protect areas of lowland forest within the species's range. Enforce restrictions on agricultural encroachment and logging within such protected areas. Generate density estimates to inform a revised population estimate for the species. Estimate population trends by calculating rates of forest loss within its range using satellite imagery and remote sensing techniques.

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Centropus unirufus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 02 September 2015.
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