Augastes scutatus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Augastes scutatus
Species Authority: (Temminck, 1822)
Common Name(s):
English Hyacinth Visorbearer
Spanish Colibrí Colaceleste

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 is thought to be decreasing owing to habitat loss. It is consequently classified as Near Threatened.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Augastes scutatus is relatively common in the Serra do Espinhaço, north Minas Gerais, from Montes Claros, Grão Mogol and Diamantina, to Serra do Cipó, Belo Horizonte, Ouro Preto and Conselheiro Lafaiete, in east-central Brazil (Sick 1993, Parker et al. 1996). The hundreds of specimens from old collecting expeditions (Stattersfield et al. 1998) suggest that it was formerly more common.

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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: There are two distinct races with differing habitat requirements: scutatus in arid montane scrub and on rocky outcrops within undulating grassland at 900-2,000 m; and ilseae in gallery forest at 1,000-1,200 m (Pearman 1990, Sick 1993).

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Much of its range was colonised when diamonds and gold were found 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, with its restricted range rendering it vulnerable to any form of disturbance (Vasconcelos 1999).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
CITES Appendix II. Occurs in Serra do Cipó National Park.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Study its ecology and attempt to obtain an accurate estimate of its population size and trends. Quantify extent of habitat losses. Increase the area of suitable habitat that has protected status.

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Augastes scutatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 05 September 2015.
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