Epimachus bruijnii


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Epimachus bruijnii
Species Authority: (Oustalet, 1880)
Common Name(s):
English Pale-billed Sicklebill, White-billed Sicklebill
Drepanornis bruijnii bruijnii Collar and Andrew (1988)

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): Bostock, N.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Benstead, P., Derhé, M., Dutson, G., O'Brien, A.
Although relatively common, this poorly known species is thought to have a fairly small population which is suspected to be declining owing to habitat loss and degradation. It therefore qualifies as Near Threatened.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Epimachus bruijnii is a poorly known species which ranges along the north New Guinea coast from the south-east coast of Geelvink Bay, Papua (formerly Irian Jaya), Indonesia, east to Vanimo, just across the border into Papua New Guinea. It is widespread and usually common within this fairly small range, with one male ranging over 15 ha in a week-long study.

Indonesia; Papua New Guinea
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Population [top]

Population: This is a poorly known species and no population estimates are available.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is relatively common in selectively logged forest, but most records are from forests below 180 m (Beehler and Beehler 1986, Whitney 1987, Frith and Beehler 1998).

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Lowland forests throughout its range are under pressure from timber extraction and development schemes (N. Bostock in litt. 1994, Sujatnika et al. 1995).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
CITES Appendix II.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Regularly monitor the populations at selected sites. Further research its tolerance of degraded forest. Protect significant areas of remaining primary forest within its range.

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Epimachus bruijnii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 28 August 2015.
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