Eumyias albicaudatus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Eumyias albicaudatus
Species Authority: Jerdon, 1840
Common Name(s):
English Nilgiri Flycatcher
Eumyias albicaudata Sibley and Monroe (1990, 1993)
Eumyias albicaudata Collar et al. (1994)
Eumyias albicaudata BirdLife International (2000)
Eumyias albicaudata BirdLife International (2004)
Muscicapa albicaudata albicaudata Collar and Andrew (1988)
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): Butchart, S. & Symes, A.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Benstead, P., Bird, J., Taylor, J.
This species is listed as Near Threatened because it occupies a moderately small, fragmented range, and is likely to be experiencing a continuing decline owing to a number of emerging threats associated with human population increase. However, little is currently known about the population size and specific threats to this species. Monitoring is required.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Eumyias albicaudatus is an endemic resident in the Western Ghats of southern India, where it can be common in suitable habitat. While its range is small, its tolerance for disturbed habitats suggests that it is not immediately threatened by habitat modification.

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Population [top]

Population: The population size is unknown, but the species is described as common, especially at higher elevations (del Hoyo et al. 2006).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It occurs in evergreen hill forests and woodlands favouring forest edges, clearings, dense vegetation near streams, shade coffee and cardamom plantations and sholas, from 600 m to the summits, being most numerous above 1,200 m. It forages alone or in loose association with other flycatchers in the lower storeys of vegetation on insects and berries. It breeds from February until June.

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): An increasing human population has led to increased illegal encroachment into Western Ghat forests, livestock grazing and the harvesting of fuelwood, notably for tea factories (J. Taylor in litt. 2011) and huge quantities of forest products such as bamboo and canes. Furthermore, hydroelectric power development and road-building are causing reductions in forest cover in some areas which may impact this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
None are known, although it does occur within shade-coffee plantations, providing a good incentive for this practice in preference to sun coffee.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Monitor threats to the species in order that emerging ones can be acted upon and mitigated as early as possible. Protect areas of suitable habitat.

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Eumyias albicaudatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 02 September 2015.
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