||New Britain Rail, Pink-legged Rail
Gallirallus insignis (Sclater, 1880)
||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.
||Hypotaenidia insignis (del Hoyo and Collar 2014) was previously placed in the genus Gallirallus.
|Red List Category & Criteria:
||Butchart, S. & Symes, A.
||Benstead, P., Derhé, M., Dutson, G., Mahood, S., O'Brien, A. & Pilgrim, J.
This species is classified as Near Threatened because although it may not be as severely affected by deforestation as some species in the region, owing to its more catholic habitat preferences, it is subject to trapping and is still thought to be declining moderately rapidly.
|Previously published Red List assessments:|
- 2008 – Near Threatened (NT) –
- 2006 – Near Threatened (NT) –
- 2004 – Near Threatened (NT) –
- 2000 – Lower Risk/near threatened (LR/nt) –
- 1994 – Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc) –
- 1988 – Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc) –
|Population:||G. Dutson (in litt. 2002) estimated that fewer than 10,000 individuals survive, so it is placed in the band 2,500-9,999 individuals here. This equates to 1,667-6,666 mature individuals, rounded here to 1,500-7,000 mature individuals.|
Trend Justification: Buchanan et al. (2008) calculated the rate of forest loss within the species's range on New Britain as 11.2% over ten years.
|Current Population Trend:||Decreasing|
|♦ Number of mature individuals:||1500-7000||♦ 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:||No|