Petroica archboldi


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Petroica archboldi
Species Authority: Rand, 1940
Common Name(s):
English Snow Mountain Robin, Snow Mountains Robin

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Butchart, S. & Symes, A.
Contributor(s): Mack, A. & van Balen, B.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Symes, A., Taylor, J.
This poorly known species is listed as Data Deficient because there is insufficient information available on its range, population and potential threats to allow a robust assessment of its threat status.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Petroica archboldi is endemic to Papua (formerly Irian Jaya), Indonesia, where it is known only from the highest peaks of the Snow Mountains - Mts Jaya (Carstensz) and Trikora (Wilhelmina) (Beehler et al. 1986). There is a report of few individuals seen in or close to Gunung Lorentz reserve (S. van Balen in litt. 2000).

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Population [top]

Population: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species was originally described as common.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is reported to be a conspicuous inhabitant of rocky habitats well above the tree line, from 3,850-4,150 m (Beehler et al. 1986).

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat at this altitude should be safe but it may be threatened locally from mines (A. Mack in litt. 2000) and may suffer from global warming which has melted the ice-cap on Mt Trikora in the last few decades (Beehler et al. 1986, D. Gibbs in litt. 2000).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
The 14,300 km2 Lorentz reserve protects suitable high altitude habitat.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Survey suitable mountain peak habitat in the Snow Mountain range. Study its ecological requirements and potential threats.

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