Mindanao Racquet-tail


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Mindanao Racquet-tail

Prioniturus waterstradti Scientific name definitions

  • NT Near Threatened
  • Names (14)
  • Monotypic

Identification

27 cm. Similar to P. montanus but with less extensive blue on face and no red patch on crown, brown tinge to mantle and back. Female similar. Immature lacks spatules.

Systematics History

Editor’s Note: This article requires further editing work to merge existing content into the appropriate Subspecies sections. Please bear with us while this update takes place.Part of the P. platenae clade (see that species). Often considered conspecific with P. montanus, but case recently made for species status . Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies

Monotypic.

Distribution

Mountains of Mindanao (SE Philippines).

Habitat

Dense montane forest, ridgetop forest, and (at higher elevations) stunted mossy forest; 820–2700 m, and generally above 1000 m.

Movement

Considerable vertical movements reputedly take place each day, but no other kind appears to have been reported.

Diet and Foraging

No information.

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

Not well documented. Calls include a dry grating screech “krreeh” when flying off, a chirruping double-noted “chee-rup” and also low-pitched nasal squabbles.

Breeding

No information.

Conservation Status

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened, and previously, Vulnerable. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. The species was abundant in the first half of this century, but had become local and uncommon, apparently occurring at lower density than some of its congeners, by the early 1990s. However, in Mt Katanglad National Park it remains fairly common on Mts Imbayao, Nangkabulos and Dulang-dulang.


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