Pyrilia aurantiocephala


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Pyrilia aurantiocephala
Species Authority: (Gaban-Lima, Raposo & Hofling, 2002)
Common Name(s):
English Bald Parrot
Gypopsitta aurantiocephala BirdLife International (2008)
Pionopsitta aurantiocephala BirdLife International (2004)
Taxonomic Notes: Use of the genus Pyrilia follows SACC (2008).

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., Sharpe, C J, Symes, A.
This recently described species has a moderately small population which is declining owing to habitat loss. It is consequently classified as Near Threatened.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Pyrilia aurantiocephala is known only from a few localities encompassing the Lower Madeira and Upper Tapajós rivers in Amazonian Brazil. Given that the species is currently known only from two habitat types and from a relatively small area, the population is unlikely to be much larger than 10,000 individuals, and it is therefore considered to be Near Threatened. More records are likely to be forthcoming now that it has been formally recognised as a species, and these may clarify its exact status.

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Population [top]

Population: The population is preliminarily estimated to number at least 10,000 individuals, roughly equating to 6,700 mature individuals. This requires confirmation.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Individuals have been seen in gallery forest and in 'campinarana' forest (on white-sand soils).

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This region is under threat from logging (Gaban-Lima et al. 2002).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
None is known.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Survey potentially suitable sites. Study its ecological requirements. Effectively protect core areas of habitat within its suspected range.

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Pyrilia aurantiocephala. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 04 September 2015.
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