Formicarius rufifrons


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Formicarius rufifrons
Species Authority: Blake, 1957
Common Name(s):
English Rufous-fronted Antthrush

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.
Contributor(s): Gerhart, N., Jammes, L., Lloyd, H. & Schulenberg, T.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Butchart, S., Gilroy, J., Sharpe, C J
This species is considered Near Threatened as it is known from only a small range, and is apparently rare and patchily distributed. However, the range is not yet severely fragmented or restricted to few locations (Collar et al. 1992). For these reasons, the species is classified as Near Threatened.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Formicarius rufifrons was formerly known only from the río Madre de Dios and its tributaries, Peru, but during the 1990s it was found on the upper rio Juruá in Acre, Brazil (Whittaker and Oren 1999), río Tahuamanu in Pando, Bolivia (L. Jammes in litt. 1999, T. S. Schulenberg in litt. 1999) and río Urubamba in Cuzco, Peru (H. Lloyd in litt. 1999, N. Gerhart in litt. 2000), greatly extending its known range. It is generally rare and localised within this range.

Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Brazil; Peru
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Population [top]

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

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is a rare and rather unpredictably distributed inhabitant of riverine floodplain thickets, where tall forest with shaded understorey lies adjacent to second-growth vegetation with a dense understorey (Kratter 1995) of, for example, Guadua bamboo or Heliconia (Schulenberg et al. 2007).

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): In some areas, it is threatened by actual and impending human settlement and agricultural development, but most parts of the range are remote and as yet undisturbed.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
Significant populations are protected within Manu National Park and Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone in Peru (H. Lloyd in litt. 1999).

Conservation Actions Proposed
Conduct surveys of suitable habitats within and surrounding the known range to determine its true distribution and abundance. Conduct ecological studies to determine this species's precise habitat requirements. Increase the area of suitable habitat that has protected status.

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Formicarius rufifrons. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 04 September 2015.
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