|Scientific Name:||Eumyias albicaudatus|
|Species Authority:||Jerdon, 1840|
Eumyias albicaudata Jerdon, 1840 [orth. error in Sibley and Monroe (1990, 1993)]
Eumyias albicaudata Jerdon, 1840 [orth. error in Collar et al. (1994)]
Eumyias albicaudata Jerdon, 1840 [orth. error in BirdLife International (2000)]
Eumyias albicaudata Jerdon, 1840 [orth. error in BirdLife International (2004)]
Muscicapa albicaudata subspecies albicaudata Jerdon, 1840 [orth. error in Collar and Andrew (1988)]
|Taxonomic Notes:||Gender agreement of species name follows David and Gosselin (2002b).|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Near Threatened ver 3.1|
|Contributor(s):||Nameer, P.O., Praveen, J., Santharam, V. & Vinod, U.|
|Facilitator/Compiler(s):||Benstead, P., Bird, J., Taylor, J. & Ashpole, 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; it therefore almost meets the requirements for listing as threatened under criterion B1ab(ii,iii). However, little is currently known about the population size and specific threats to this species. Monitoring is required.
|Previously published Red List assessments:||
|Range Description:||This species 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.|
|Continuing decline in area of occupancy (AOO):||Unknown|
|Extreme fluctuations in area of occupancy (AOO):||No|
|Estimated extent of occurrence (EOO) - km2:||32800|
|Continuing decline in extent of occurrence (EOO):||Unknown|
|Extreme fluctuations in extent of occurrence (EOO):||No|
|Continuing decline in number of locations:||Unknown|
|Extreme fluctuations in the number of locations:||No|
|Lower elevation limit (metres):||600|
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|Population:||The population size is unknown, but the species is described as common, especially at higher elevations (del Hoyo et al. 2006).
Trend Justification: The population is suspected to be in decline owing to ongoing habitat destruction.
|Current Population Trend:||Decreasing|
|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.|
|Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:||Unknown|
|Generation Length (years):||3.8|
|Movement patterns:||Not a Migrant|
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 and Research 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 and Research 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. 2015. Eumyias albicaudatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T22709449A83733556. . Downloaded on 14 February 2016.|
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