Archboldia papuensis 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Aves Passeriformes Ptilonorhynchidae

Scientific Name: Archboldia papuensis
Species Authority: Rand, 1940
Common Name(s):
English Archbold's Bowerbird
Taxonomic Source(s): Frith, C. B.; Gibbs, D.; Turner, K. 1995. The taxonomic status of populations of Archbold's Bowerbird (Archboldia papuensis) in New Guinea. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 115: 109-114.
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.

Previously published Red List assessments:
2012 Near Threatened (NT)
2008 Near Threatened (NT)
2004 Near Threatened (NT)
2000 Not Recognized (NR)
1996 Vulnerable (VU)
1994 Not Recognized (NR)
1988 Not Recognized (NR)

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.

Countries occurrence:
Indonesia; Papua New Guinea
Continuing decline in area of occupancy (AOO): Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in area of occupancy (AOO): No
Estimated extent of occurrence (EOO) - km2: 721000
Continuing decline in extent of occurrence (EOO): Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in extent of occurrence (EOO): No
Continuing decline in number of locations: Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in the number of locations: No
Lower elevation limit (metres): 2300
Upper elevation limit (metres): 3660
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Population [top]

Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Continuing decline of mature individuals: Yes
Extreme fluctuations: No Population severely fragmented: No
Continuing decline in subpopulations: Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in subpopulations: No All individuals in one subpopulation: No

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
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat: Yes
Generation Length (years): 9.2
Movement patterns: Not a Migrant

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 2013: e.T22731912A49921421. . Downloaded on 01 December 2015.
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