Lophura ignita 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Aves Galliformes Phasianidae

Scientific Name: Lophura ignita (Shaw, 1797)
Common Name(s):
English Bornean Crested Fireback, Crested Fireback, Vieillot's Fireback
Spanish Faisán de Carúncula Azul Crestado, Faisán Noble
Taxonomic Source(s): del Hoyo, J., Collar, N.J., Christie, D.A., Elliott, A. and Fishpool, L.D.C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Volume 1: Non-passerines. Lynx Edicions BirdLife International, Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge, UK.
Taxonomic Notes:

Lophura ignita and L. rufa (del Hoyo and Collar 2014) were previously lumped as L. ignita following Sibley and Monroe (1990, 1993).

Identification information: 65-70 cm. Distinctive crested pheasant with blue facial skin and dark glossy blue-black head, neck, breast and upperparts, bright chestnut belly and cinnamon-buff central tail feathers and brilliant maroon on the lower back and rump. Similar spp. L. rufa (geographically separated) has belly blue-black with white streaks and white central tail feathers.Voice. Sharp squirrel-like "chukun, chunkun" plus loud wing-whirrs and low, questioning croaks followed by a sharp whistle.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-10-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Butchart, S. & Symes, A.
Contributor(s): Yong, D.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Benstead, P., Mahood, S., Taylor, J. & Symes, A.
As a lowland forest specialist inhabiting a region where logging is rife and hunting is widespread, this species is thought to be experiencing a moderately rapid population reduction and is therefore classified as Near Threatened. If it was found to be less tolerant of logged habitat than is currently suspected then it might qualify for uplisting to Vulnerable.

Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Lophura ignita is known from East Malaysia, Kalimantan, Indonesia, and Brunei. It is apparently still locally common in Sabah, and Kalimantan (Madge and McGowan 2002).

Countries occurrence:
Brunei Darussalam; Indonesia; Malaysia
Additional data:
Continuing decline in area of occupancy (AOO):Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in area of occupancy (AOO):NoEstimated extent of occurrence (EOO) - km2:1000000
Continuing decline in extent of occurrence (EOO):UnknownExtreme fluctuations in extent of occurrence (EOO):No
Continuing decline in number of locations:Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in the number of locations:No
Upper elevation limit (metres):1000
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Population [top]

Population:The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as local and sparse to reasonably common (Madge and McGowan 2002).

Trend Justification:  There are no data on population trends; however, this species is suspected to be in decline at a moderately rapid rate, owing primarily to logging.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Number of mature individuals:UnknownContinuing decline of mature individuals:Unknown
Extreme fluctuations:NoPopulation severely fragmented:No
Continuing decline in subpopulations:Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in subpopulations:NoAll individuals in one subpopulation:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is a lowland forest specialist, rarely occurring up to 1,000 m (del Hoyo et al. 1994, Madge and McGowan 2002), but occurring at higher levels than L. pyronota. It has been recorded in logged forest, and appears less sensitive than L. rufa, having been recorded in logged forest outside the Danum Valley Conservation area, and even remnant patches of logged forest outside of the Semenggoh Forest Reserve, Kuching, Sarawak (D. L. Yong in litt. 2014)
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:Unknown
Generation Length (years):5
Movement patterns:Not a Migrant

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) because of a variety of factors, including the escalation of logging and land conversion, with deliberate targeting of all remaining stands of valuable timber including those inside protected areas, plus forest fires (particularly in 1997-1998), and declines are compounded by trapping for the cage-bird trade. However, the species's use of secondary growth implies that it is not immediately threatened.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
It occurs in a number of protected areas, including Danum Valley. 

Conservation Actions Proposed
Survey to assess the size of the population. Regularly monitor the population at selected sites. Asses the effect of hunting across its range. Enforce the protection afforded to the species by protected areas. Protect large areas of unlogged forest in areas where it occurs. Establish a captive breeding population to support future reintroduction and supplementation efforts.

Citation: BirdLife International. 2016. Lophura ignita. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T22727431A94948930. . Downloaded on 17 August 2018.
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