Sulawesi Dwarf-kingfisher (Ceyx fallax): Revise global status?

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1 Response to Sulawesi Dwarf-kingfisher (Ceyx fallax): Revise global status?

  1. Thomas Martin says:

    Changing the status of this species to LC makes sense. As noted, while it is a forest-dependent species, it is not dependent on pristine forest, occurring in logged and secondary forest habitats. Indeed, its long-standing categorization as Near-threatened could be seen as somewhat anomalous and arbitary, given there are many forest-dependent Sulawesian endemics (some of which are more dependent on high-quality forest habitats than C. fallax) that are listed as LC. For example, as things stand now, why should C. fallax be considered near-threatened but, say, White-bellied Imperial-pigeon (Ducula bicolor), Bay Coucal (Centropus celebensis) or Ashy Woodpecker (Mulleripicus fulvus) be not? Downgrading this species’ status to LC would put its assessment more in-line with the status of other wide-ranging Sulawesi-endemic forest species.

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