Terpsiphone cyanescens


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Terpsiphone cyanescens
Species Authority: (Sharpe, 1877)
Common Name(s):
English Blue Paradise-flycatcher, Blue Paradise Flycatcher, Blue Paradise-Flycatcher

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2013-11-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Butchart, S.
Contributor(s): Hutchinson, R.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Benstead, P., Gilroy, J. & Taylor, J.
This species has been downlisted from Near Threatened following evidence that it is more tolerant of habitat modification than previously thought. It is listed as Least Concern on the basis that it does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under any criteria.

2012 Near Threatened

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Terpsiphone cyanescens is endemic to the Palawan group (Palawan, Busuanga, Culion and Bantac), Philippines, and appears to be uncommon to common throughout Palawan (Collar et al. 1999, del Hoyo et al. 2006, R. Hutchinson in litt. 2013).

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Population [top]

Population: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as uncommon to common throughout Palawan (Collar et al. 1999, del Hoyo et al. 2006, R. Hutchinson in litt. 2013).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found mostly in lower-lying areas, occupying primary forest and modified habitats. Surveys in Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park recorded the species in early and advanced secondary growth and habitats within agricultural areas (Mallari et al. 2011).

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened by the conversion of both primary and secondary habitats (R. Hutchinson in litt. 2013), which is occurring at an increasing rate within its range as a result of logging and agricultural development. However, its tolerance of modified habitats suggests that the level of threat is limited.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
No targeted conservation actions are known for this species, although some of its habitat is protected.

Conservation Actions Proposed

Conduct repeated surveys within the species's range to determine current distribution and abundance, as well as assess population trends and rates of habitat loss. Campaign for the long-term protection of remaining tracts of lowland forest on Palawan.

Citation: BirdLife International 2013. Terpsiphone cyanescens. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 01 September 2015.
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