Spelaeornis oatesi


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Spelaeornis oatesi
Species Authority: (Rippon, 1904)
Common Name(s):
English Chin Hills Wren-babbler
Taxonomic Notes: Spelaeornis chocolatinus (Sibley and Monroe 1990, 1993) has been split into S. chocolatinus, S. reptatus, S. oatesi and S. kinneari following Collar (2006).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Butchart, S. & Symes, A.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Gilroy, J.
Although this species may have a restricted range, it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend is not known, but the population is not believed to be decreasing sufficiently rapidly to approach the thresholds under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in Mizoram (Lushai Hills), India and the Chin Hills of Myanmar.
India (Mizoram); Myanmar
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Population [top]

Population: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as locally common (del Hoyo et al. 2007).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found in the understorey of broadleaved evergreen forest, forest edge, secondary growth, scrub, fern clumps, bamboo thickets, and tangles of grass and scrub on steep slopes near forest, at 1,300-2,800 m.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Given its broad altitudinal range and tolerance of degraded habitats, this species is unlikely to be at imminent risk from habitat loss.

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Spelaeornis oatesi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 02 September 2015.
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