Polystictus superciliaris


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Polystictus superciliaris
Species Authority: (Wied, 1831)
Common Name(s):
English Grey-backed Tachuri, Gray-backed Tachuri

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Butchart, S. & Symes, A.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Capper, D., O'Brien, A., Symes, A., Taylor, J.
This species is listed as Least Concern as its range is known to be much larger than was once thought, and does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the IUCN criteria. Its population size and trend are also not thought to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable; however, both its population and range are still thought to be declining and it is recommended that the species be closely monitored.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Polystictus superciliaris occurs very locally in east Brazil from Morro do Chapéu in central Bahia to the Serra do Bocaina in north São Paulo (Ridgely and Tudor 1994, Parker et al. 1996, Vasconcelos 1999, Vasconcelos et al. 1999), where it is uncommon within its large range.
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Population [top]

Population: The global population size has not been quantified, but this species is described as 'uncommon'.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is resident in arid montane scrub (campo cerrado) and rocky outcrops in savannas and grassland (campo rupestre) at 900-1,950 m (Parker et al. 1996, Stattersfield et al. 1998) and has also been found in abandoned pastures.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Much of its range was colonised when diamonds and gold were found there in the 19th century, and small operations persist. Quartz crystals and manganese are also mined. Increasing conversion of land for cattle ranching is currently the principal threat, although it persists in partially degraded areas (WWF/IUCN 1994-1997, Stattersfield et al. 1998, Vasconcelos 1999).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
It is common in Caraça National Park and also occurs in Serra da Canastra and Serra do Cipó National Parks.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Study its ecology and its ability to persist in degraded and fragmented habitats. Survey and monitor populations to assess trends. Effectively protect large areas of suitable unaltered habitat.

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Polystictus superciliaris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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