Bangsia aureocincta 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Aves Passeriformes Thraupidae

Scientific Name: Bangsia aureocincta (Hellmayr, 1910)
Common Name(s):
English Gold-ringed Tanager
Buthraupis aureocincta ssp. aureocincta Hellmayr, 1910 — Collar and Andrew (1988)
Buthraupis aureocincta ssp. aureocincta Hellmayr, 1910 — Stotz et al. (1996)
Taxonomic Source(s): SACC. 2005 and updates. A classification of the bird species of South America. Available at: #
Identification information: 16 cm. Curiously-shaped black, dark green and yellow tanager. Mostly dark green, with black head and yellow ring formed by postocular supercilium curving behind ear-coverts and joining malar to base of bill. Black throat, yellow central breast. Similar spp. Bears superficial resemblance to Slaty-capped Shrike-vireo Vireolanius leucotis. Voice Song consists of sharp, penetrating, high-pitched whistles or thin, watery trills, tseeuurr, delivered in groups of 3-6. Short, twittered trill on lower pitch often given when alarmed or excited. Also chip and chit contact notes.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B2ab(i,ii,iii,v) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2017-10-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Symes, A.
Contributor(s): Acevedo, C., Gomez, N., Salaman, P. & Stiles, F.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Capper, D., Isherwood, I., Pople, R., Sharpe, C.J., Stuart, T., Symes, A., Wheatley, H.
This species has a very small range, and is currently known from just three locations (Collar et al. 1992). Continuing habitat loss and consequent range and population declines are projected for the main subpopulation, because of proposed road construction. In other areas, habitat loss is likely to be ongoing. As a result, it qualifies as Endangered.

Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Bangsia aureocincta occurs on the Pacific slope of the West Andes, Colombia. Four specimens were collected in the vicinity of Cerro Tatamá (Risaralda/Chocó/Valle del Cauca border) between 1909 and 1946, but it was not found by surveys during the 1990s and may be locally extinct (Wege and Long 1995, Stiles 1998). Since 1946, it has been recorded at Alto de los Galápagos (Valle del Cauca/Chocó border) (C. Acevedo per N. Gómez in litt. 1999, Farthing 2001), the Caramanta massif at Alto de Pisones (Risaralda), where it is common to abundant (Stiles 1998), and recently in Las Orquídeas National Park (Antioquia) (Renjifo et al. 2002).

Countries occurrence:
Additional data:
Estimated area of occupancy (AOO) - km2:410Continuing decline in area of occupancy (AOO):Yes
Extreme fluctuations in area of occupancy (AOO):NoEstimated extent of occurrence (EOO) - km2:8800
Continuing decline in extent of occurrence (EOO):YesExtreme fluctuations in extent of occurrence (EOO):No
Number of Locations:3Continuing decline in number of locations:Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in the number of locations:NoLower elevation limit (metres):1600
Upper elevation limit (metres):2200
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Population [top]

Population:The population is estimated to number 1,000-2,499 individuals based on an assessment of known records, descriptions of abundance and range size. This is consistent with recorded population density estimates for congeners or close relatives with a similar body size, and the fact that only a proportion of the estimated Extent of Occurrence is likely to be occupied. This estimate is equivalent to 667-1,666 mature individuals, rounded here to 600-1,700 mature individuals.

Trend Justification:  A moderately rapid and on-going population decline is suspected, based on habitat loss data given by Renjifo et al. (2002).
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Number of mature individuals:600-1700Continuing decline of mature individuals:Yes
Extreme fluctuations:NoPopulation severely fragmented:No
No. of subpopulations:2-100Continuing decline in subpopulations:Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in subpopulations:NoAll individuals in one subpopulation:No
No. of individuals in largest subpopulation:1-89

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:The type-specimens were collected in humid, mossy cloud-forest between 2,040 and 2,195 m. At Alto de los Galápagos, it has been recorded between 1,750 and 2,100 m (Salaman and Stiles 1996, P. G. W. Salaman in litt. 1999). At Alto de Pisones, it inhabits dense, wet cloud-forest with numerous natural tree gaps breaking the canopy, on steep ridges between 1,600 and 1,800 m (Salaman and Stiles 1996, Stiles 1998. The breeding season is thought to be concentrated in March and April (Stiles 1998). It feeds primarily on fruit (stomachs of collected birds contained 70-90% fruit), but also insects when foraging in mixed-species flocks (Stiles 1998).

Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:Yes
Generation Length (years):3.7
Movement patterns:Not a Migrant

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Deforestation has been severe on Cerro Tatamá. On the Caramanta massif, the species occurs in a large forest block, which is effectively intact from 800-1,000 m up to 2,000+ m (Wege and Long 1995, F. G. Stiles in litt. 1999). However, a proposed highway will run within 5-7 km of Alto de Pisiones, opening the area up to logging, mining and human settlement (F. G. Stiles in litt. 1999). Furthermore, Alto de los Galápagos is on the Cartago-San José road (Wege and Long 1995). Although the region is inhabited by Emberá Indians, further colonisation will inevitably lead to deforestation (Salaman and Stiles 1996, Stiles 1998, F. G. Stiles in litt. 1999), through small-scale agriculture and subsistence activities. The presence of guerrillas in the area renders government action and research difficult (Stiles 1998, P. G. W. Salaman in litt. 1999).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
Tatamá National Park protects the type-locality, and is just north of Alto de Galápagos (Wege and Long 1995), but the recently discovered populations remain unprotected. It also occurs in Las Orquídeas National Park (Renjifo et al. 2002). A management plan for Alto de Pisiones is in preparation, and a local organisation hopes to execute it in spite of the political instability (Stiles 1998). Furthermore, the area may be gazetted within the proposed Caramanta National Park (Stiles 1998). Formerly considered Endangered at the national level in Colombia (Renjifo et al. 2002), it has recently been downlisted to nationally Vulnerable (Renjifo et al. 2014).

Conservation Actions Proposed
Survey other mountain ridges of the Caramanta massif (Stiles 1998). Protect forest at Alto de Pisones effectively. Initiate conservation measures at Alto de los Galápagos (P. G. W. Salaman in litt. 1999).

Citation: BirdLife International. 2017. Bangsia aureocincta. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T22722592A118892787. . Downloaded on 26 May 2018.
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