Philentoma velata


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Philentoma velata
Species Authority: (Temminck, 1825)
Common Name(s):
English Maroon-breasted Philentoma
Philentoma velatum BirdLife International (2000)
Philentoma velatum BirdLife International (2004)
Philentoma velatum Sibley and Monroe (1990, 1993)
Taxonomic Notes: Gender agreement of species name follows David and Gosselin (2002b).

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): Symes, A. & Butchart, S.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Benstead, P., Bird, J., Khwaja, N.
This forest-dependent species is listed as Near Threatened because it is assumed to have experienced moderately rapid declines owing to the extensive loss of lowland forests from large areas of South-East Asia. It is not considered more threatened because it can use secondary habitats and occurs in lower montane forest.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Philentoma velata is known from the Sundaic lowlands, occurring in south Tenasserim, Myanmar; peninsular and west Thailand; Sabah, Sarawak and peninsular Malaysia; Kalimantan, Sumatra and Java, Indonesia, and Brunei (very scarce).

Brunei Darussalam; Indonesia; Malaysia; Myanmar; Thailand
Regionally extinct:
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Population [top]

Population: The population size of this species has not been quantified, but it is described as scarce or locally common.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It inhabits broadleaf evergreen lowland and lower montane primary and secondary forest, as well as mixed deciduous forest, transitional forest and established Albizia plantations. It occurs up to 800 m in Java, 1,500 m elsewhere and 1,650 m in the Kelabit Highlands, northern Borneo. It feeds in pairs or small family groups in the middle and upper canopy, gleaning insects and sallying after them on short flights. It breeds in March-June.

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Forest destruction in the Sundaic lowlands of Indonesia and Malaysia has been extensive (Kalimantan lost nearly 25% of its evergreen forest during 1985-1997, and Sumatra lost almost 30% of its 1985 cover), but the species's use of submontane forests implies that it is not immediately threatened.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
None are known.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Protect areas of lowland forest within the species's range. Enforce restrictions on hunting and logging within such protected areas. Determine its habitat association and generate density estimates to inform a revised population estimate for the species. Calculate population trends by mapping forest cover and rates of loss using remote sensing of satellite imagery.

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