Status of the globally threatened forest birds of northeast Brazil

Glauco Alves Pereira Sidnei de Melo Dantas Luís Fábio Silveira Sônia Aline Roda Ciro Albano Frederico Acaz Sonntag Sergio Leal Mauricio Cabral Periquito Gustavo Bernardino Malacco Alexander Charles Lees About the authors

The Atlantic Forest of northeast Brazil hosts a unique biota which is among the most threatened in the Neotropics. Near-total conversion of forest habitat to sugar cane monocultures has left the region's endemic forest-dependent avifauna marooned in a few highly-fragmented and degraded forest remnants. Here we summarise the current status of 16 globally threatened species based on surveys conducted over the last 11 years. We found a bleak situation for most of these species and consider that three endemics: Glaucidium mooreorum (Pernambuco Pygmy-owl), Cichlocolaptes mazarbarnetti (Cryptic Treehunter) and Philydor novaesi (Alagoas Foliage-gleaner) are most likely globally extinct. Some positive news can, however, be reported for both Leptodon forbesi (White-collared Kite) and Synallaxis infuscata (Pinto's Spinetail) which may warrant re-evaluation of their respective red list statuses. We outline a road map to prioritise conservation interventions in the region directed at preventing the extinction of this suite of threatened bird species and their companion biota.

Fragmentation; Species-area relationship; Conservation intervention; Protected areas


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