Hemispingus reyi


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Hemispingus reyi
Species Authority: (Berlepsch, 1885)
Common Name(s):
English Grey-capped Hemispingus, Gray-capped Hemispingus

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): Butchart, S., Gilroy, J., O'Brien, A., Sharpe, C J
This species occurs within a small range, and its habitats are being increasingly eroded by human developments, particularly agriculture. However, the range is not yet severely fragmented or restricted to few locations. For these reasons, the species is classified as Near Threatened.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Hemispingus reyi occurs from northern Táchira through Mérida to Trujillo on the Cordillera de Mérida in the Andes of west Venezuela (Meyer de Schauensee and Phelps 1978, Hilty 2003). It is fairly common.

Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: The global population size has not been quantified, but this species is described as fairly common.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found in or near Chusquea bamboo in montane and elfin forest and shrubby forest edge at elevations of 2,150-3,000 m (Hilty 2003).

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Although some large tracts of forest remain within its limited range, deforestation has been locally severe with logging continuing to expand to higher areas (Stattersfield et al. 1998). The east slope of the Cordillera de Mérida is being cleared for extensive cattle-ranching. Agricultural colonisation, mining concessions and road-building pose further threats to remaining habitat (Stattersfield et al. 1998).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
Conservation Actions Proposed
Repeat surveys of known sites in order to monitor population trends and rates of range contraction. Campaign for the protection of a sites incorporating the full mosaic of montane forest habitats within the range.

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Hemispingus reyi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 05 September 2015.
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