IUCN threat status:

Endangered (EN)

Distribution

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Range Description

Arborophila rufipectus is endemic to China, where it is known from south-central Sichuan, with probable records from north-east Yunnan (BirdLife International 2001). Surveys in 1996 and 1997 estimated densities of 0.48 and 0.24 calling males per km2, respectively. The total area of suitable habitat within its known range was then estimated at 1,793 km2, and on the basis of densities recorded, and the assumption that each calling male represents one pair, the total population was estimated at 860-1,722 birds. However, it has since been recorded at several new sites and more recent surveys in Laojunshan Nature Reserve recorded densities of 3.64-4.84 individuals per km2, suggesting the presence there of over 100 pairs (Dai Bo et al. 2009), so this population estimate is likely to be too low (S. Dowell in litt. 2007), although population densities across its range appear to be highly variable.

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