IUCN threat status:

Vulnerable (VU)


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Range Description

Lophura hoogerwerfi is endemic to northern Sumatra, Indonesia. It is known historically from two females (both collected) and a male (glimpsed), in the Gayo Highlands, Aceh province, within what is now the Gunung Leuser National Park. In 1979, there were several sightings of family parties in the Mamas Valley of this park and, in 1998, a female was observed above the River Jagong in the Beutong region, just north of Leuser. In 1998-1999, five individuals of each sex were recovered from a bird market in Medan, northern Sumatra. All are said to have originated from Gunung Leuser National Park, Aceh province. A female was observed on a nest with eggs in the Batang Toru Forest in October 2008 (Peters et al. in prep.). In July 2010, a family group (at least a pair and one chick) of Lophura pheasants, likely to be this species, were reported from the Toba Highlands, North Sumatra province (M. Iqbal in litt. 2010). Also in July 2010, a pair, thought to be of this species, were found for sale in Tele (north of Toba Lake), North Sumatra, and the species was reported to be common in Eucalyptus woodlands and agricultural land in the area (van Balen et al. 2011). On-going contraction of suitable forest habitat must be having an adverse effect on the population. There are birds (of wild origin) in captivity on Java.


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