Snowornis subalaris


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Snowornis subalaris
Species Authority: Sclater, 1861
Common Name(s):
English Grey-tailed Piha, Gray-tailed Piha
Lipaugus subalaris Stotz et al. (1996)
Lipaugus subalaris Sibley and Monroe (1990, 1993)
Lipaugus subalaris BirdLife International (2004)

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): Taylor, J. & Butchart, S.
Contributor(s): Lees, A.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Butchart, S., Ekstrom, J., Khwaja, N., Symes, A.

Based on a model of future deforestation in the Amazon basin, it is suspected that the population of this species will decline by 25-30% over the next three generations, and it has therefore been uplisted to Near Threatened.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Snowornis subalaris is locally distributed on the east slopes of the Andes in north-west South America (del Hoyo et al. 2004). It is rare to uncommon in south Colombia and Ecuador (del Hoyo et al. 2004, Restall et al. 2006). In Peru, it was locally numerous in the south of Madre de Dios in the 1980s, and is also found in San Martín and Pasco (del Hoyo et al. 2004).
Colombia; Ecuador; Peru
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Population [top]

Population: The global population size has not been quantified, but this species is described as 'uncommon and patchily distributed' (Stotz et al. 1996).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This is a humid forest species of the Andean foothills. It occurs between 500-1,400 m elevation (del Hoyo et al. 2004).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The primary threat to this species is accelerating deforestation in the Amazon basin as land is cleared for cattle ranching and soy production, facilitated by expansion of the road network (Soares-Filho et al. 2006, Bird et al. 2011).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

Conservation Actions Underway
None is known.

Conservation Actions Proposed

Expand the protected area network to effectively protect IBAs. Effectively resource and manage existing and new protected areas, utilising emerging opportunities to finance protected area management with the joint aims of reducing carbon emissions and maximizing biodiversity conservation. Conservation on private lands, through expanding market pressures for sound land management and preventing forest clearance on lands unsuitable for agriculture, is also essential (Soares-Filho et al. 2006).

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