Augastes lumachella


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Augastes lumachella
Species Authority: (Lesson, 1838)
Common Name(s):
English Hooded Visorbearer
Spanish Colibrí Lumaquela
Augastes lumachellus lumachellus Collar and Andrew (1988)
Augastes lumachellus lumachellus Stotz et al. (1996)
Augastes lumachellus lumachellus BirdLife International (2000)
Augastes lumachellus lumachellus Collar et al. (1994)
Augastes lumachellus lumachellus Sibley and Monroe (1990, 1993)
Taxonomic Notes: Gender agreement of species name follows David and Gosselin (2002a).

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., Capper, D., Sharpe, C J, Symes, A.
This species occurs at few known locations within a moderately small range which may be decreasing in size owing to habitat loss. It is consequently classified as Near Threatened.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Augastes lumachella is restricted to Bahia, between Morro do Chapéu, Andarái and Barra da Estiva, north-east Brazil, at elevations of 950-1,600 m (Sick 1993, Parker et al. 1996) where it is fairly common but its restricted range renders it vulnerable to any form of disturbance (Sick 1993, Parker et al. 1996).

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Population [top]

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

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It occurs in areas of arid and semi-arid montane scrub (campo rupestre) that are rich in cacti, bromeliads, Velloziaceae and orchids.

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Much of its range was colonised when diamonds and gold were found in the region in the 19th century, and small operations persist. Quartz crystals and manganese are also mined. The principal threat is now increasing conversion of land for cattle ranching (Stattersfield et al. 1998).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
CITES Appendix II.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Study its ecology and attempt to obtain an accurate estimate of its population size and trends. Quantify extent of habitat losses. Protect areas of suitable habitat and safeguard against clearance and encroachment.

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Augastes lumachella. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 03 September 2015.
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