Archboldia papuensis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Archboldia papuensis
Species Authority: Rand, 1940
Common Name(s):
English Archbold's Bowerbird
Taxonomic Notes: Archboldia papuensis and A. sanfordi (Sibley and Monroe 1990, 1993) have been lumped into A. papuensis following Frith et al. (1995).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2013-11-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Butchart, S.
Contributor(s): Mack, A.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Benstead, P., Khwaja, N., Mahood, S., O'Brien, A. & Symes, A.
This poorly known and apparently highly localised species is thought to have a moderately small population which may be declining owing to habitat loss; it therefore is classified as Near Threatened. If it was found to be more numerous than currently known it may be downlisted.

2012 Near Threatened

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Archboldia papuensis is very patchily distributed in the Central Ranges of New Guinea, from the Weyland Mountains of Papua (formerly Irian Jaya), Indonesia, to the highlands provinces of Papua New Guinea. It is generally rare but locally moderately common.

Indonesia; Papua New Guinea
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Population [top]

Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It inhabits high altitude forests, often with Pandanus on high frost-disturbed plateaus from 2,300-3,660 m, and rarely as low as 1,750 m (Beehler et al. 1986, Coates 1990).

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Subpopulation sizes and inter-site dispersal is unknown; it may be at risk of population fragmentation (A. Mack in litt. 1999). It is threatened by logging on two mountains in its tiny range of only c.800 km2 in Papua New Guinea (Beehler 1985, Collar 1986), but the larger Papuan populations are judged to be safe.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
None is known.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Monitor populations in the locations where it is known to occur. Survey to discover additional populations. Protect forest at sites where it occurs.

Citation: BirdLife International 2013. Archboldia papuensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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