The combination of highly
specialised ecological requirements, and the loss and fragmentation of
suitable habitat severely threaten this species. The known population is
very small, highly fragmented and declining in response to continuing
habitat loss. It is classified as Endangered.
The clearance and fragmentation of
Atlantic forest for colonisation and the expansion of plantation
agriculture2 have increased the physical and temporal
distances between bamboo flowerings. Given its apparently highly
specialised requirements, it is not inconceivable that this fragmentation
is already too extensive to ensure the long-term survival of the species.
It is uncommon in trade, but the taking of additional birds from the wild
must have a considerable impact on such a small population.
It is protected by Brazilian law,
and has been recorded in several protected areas in the Serra do Mar,
*Survey to locate additional
populations, using tape-playback. *Monitor known populations. *Study the
species's dependence on bamboo flowerings. *Record and document its
vocalisations. *Develop a CMS agreement for this and other bamboo
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