IUCN threat status:

Critically Endangered (CR)

Distribution

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Range Description

Philydor novaesi has only ever been recorded at two sites in Alagoas and Pernambuco, north-east Brazil. It was first discovered at Murici (Alagoas) in 1979, when it was described as relatively conspicuous and easy to locate. Subsequent surveys found the species to be rare, and there were no confirmed records between 1992 and 1998. Single individuals were found in 1998 and 1999 (A. Whittaker in litt. 1999), four birds in 2000 (J. Goerck in litt. 1999, 2000), a further individual in early 2007 and television footage of one individual in 2009 (P. Develey in litt. 2007, 2008, 2009), indicating that the species is (barely) extant. It was discovered at Frei Caneca Private Reserve (Pernambuco) in April 2003 (Cotinga 2003 20:13, Mazar-Barnett et al. 2005), and at the adjacent Jaqueira (Frei Caneca) Reserve (recently purchased by SAVE Brasil) where two individuals were observed in 2007/2008 (P. Develey in litt. 2007, 2008, 2009) and the species could still be located there in late 2010 and early 2011 (WikiAves undated).These two areas are located on the Serra do Urubu (P. Develeyin litt.2007, 2008, 2009).Despite extensive searches in both Frei Caneca and Murici the species was last ever confirmed sighting was in 2011 at Frei Caneca (Pereira et al. 2014). Consequently Pereira et al. (2014) and Lees et al. (2014) consider the species likely to be extinct.

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