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Rufous-winged Ground-Cuckoo Neomorphus rufipennis

Janice M. Hughes
Version: 1.0 — Published January 5, 2018


The IUCN Red List conservation status is Rufous-winged Ground-Cuckoo is rated as Least Concern (BirdLife International 2017). It is not globally threatened.

Due to its extremely large extent of occurrence (See Demography and Populations), Rufous-winged Ground-Cuckoo does not approach the threshold for designation as Vulnerable under the range size criterion. The population size has not been quantified; however, the species probably does not approach the threshold for designation as Vulnerable under the population size criterion. The population trend does appear to be decreasing, however, the declines are not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (BirdLife International 2017).

Effects of human activity on populations

Little information. Rufous-winged Ground-Cuckoo is described as a species of high sensitivity with a reliance on primary tropical forest (Parker et al. 1996). It has been estimated that this cuckoo will lose 9.6-10.8% of suitable habitat within its distribution over three generations (13 years) based on a model of Amazonian deforestation (Soares-Filho et al. 2006); consequently, there is likely to be some impact on global populations. More study is needed.

Recommended Citation

Hughes, J. M. (2018). Rufous-winged Ground-Cuckoo (Neomorphus rufipennis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.rwgcuc1.01