Archived 2014 discussion: Rio de Janeiro Antbird (Cercomacra brasiliana): request for information

This discussion was first published on Dec 1 2010 as part of the 2010-2011 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2014.

Link to BirdLife species factsheet for Rio de Janeiro Antbird

Rio de Janeiro Antbird Cercomacra brasiliana is listed as Near Threatened under criterion B1a+b(i,ii,iii,v) on the basis that it was known from fewer than 10 locations within a moderately small range, in which it was generally considered rare or uncommon, with numbers probably declining.

Following on from improved knowledge of its distribution in areas where it had previously been overlooked (del Hoyo et al. 2003), the species’s Extent of Occurrence has been updated by BirdLife and estimated at 114,200 km2, which no longer approaches the threshold for Vulnerable under the B1 criterion, and suggests that the species is eligible for downlisting to Least Concern.

This species is regarded as generally rare in occurrence (Sick 1993, Ridgely and Tudor 1994), but locally common (del Hoyo et al. 2003); however, there are apparently no estimates of the total population size. It is presumed to be affected by deforestation (Ridgely and Tudor 1994), although it may not be severely impacted by habitat fragmentation and degradation as it is known to be tolerant of secondary habitats (Sick 1993).

Up-to-date information is requested on this species’s likely population size, estimated rate of decline over 20 years (estimate of three generations) and the severity of threats to help in the assessment of its status.

del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A. and Christie, D. (2003) Handbook of the Birds of the World, vol 8: Broadbills to Tapaculos. Barcelona, Spain: Lynx Edicions.

Ridgely, R. S. and Tudor, G. (1994) The birds of South America. Austin, Texas: University of Texas Press.

Sick, H. (1993) Birds in Brazil: a natural history. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

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4 Responses to Archived 2014 discussion: Rio de Janeiro Antbird (Cercomacra brasiliana): request for information

  1. Andy Foster says:

    We used to see this species regularly at a small private farm that appeared to have at least 3 pairs. Access to this farm is now difficult and unfortunately although we visit the Sumidouro area at least 3-4 times a month we have had no further records of this bird. Habitat wise it doesnt seem to require a lot, quite happy as long as there is a small stream/damp area and some thickets of bamboo. Increased agriculture and clearance for drainage in existing suitable areas could be a potential threat.

  2. Guilherme Serpa says:

    I have explored a lot the state of Rio de Janeiro since 2007, including areas of historical and suitable occurrence, but I’ve found Cercomacra brasiliana at only one location so far in the northern Rio Paraíba Valley area, where it was apparently common and resilient to forest fragmentation. Although there seems to be “pockets of resistance”, they are limited to very few locations nowadays that are still under preassure and without protection of conservation units in the state.

  3. Andy Symes says:

    Preliminary proposals

    Based on available information and comments posted above, our preliminary proposal for the 2014 Red List would be to treat Rio de Janeiro Antbird Cercomacra brasiliana as Near Threatened, approaching the threshold for Vulnerable under criterion C2a(i).

    There is now a period for further comments until the final deadline of 31 March, after which recommended categorisations will be put forward to IUCN.

    The final Red List categories will be published on the BirdLife and IUCN websites in mid-2014, following further checking of information relevant to the assessments by both BirdLife and IUCN.

  4. Andy Symes says:

    Recommended categorisation to be put forward to IUCN

    Following further review, there has been no change to our preliminary proposal for the 2014 Red List status of this species.

    The final categorisation will be published later in 2014, following further checking of information relevant to the assessment by BirdLife and IUCN.

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