||Lamprolia victoriae Finsch, 1874
||del Hoyo, J., Collar, N.J., Christie, D.A., Elliott, A., Fishpool, L.D.C., Boesman, P. and Kirwan, G.M. 2016. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Volume 2: Passerines. Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge, UK.
||12 cm. Small, striking, iridescent black monarch with conspicuous white rump. Deep velvet-black with metallic blue spangling on head, nape, throat and breast. Rump is silky white, extending over greater part of the tail. Long wings and short tail. Voice Loud whistles, whistling trill and low, rasping squeaks. Hints Restless bird, with a swift, darting flight. Can be seen in any mature forest on Taveuni.
|Red List Category & Criteria:
||Butchart, S. & Symes, A.
||Dutson, G., Kretzschmar, J. & Watling, D.
||Khwaja, N., O'Brien, A., Stattersfield, A., Temple, H., Symes, A.
This species is classified as Near Threatened because it has a moderately small population within a very small range, and numbers are declining owing to losses of mature forest through continuing logging, plantation establishment and clearing for agriculture. However, the range is not yet severely fragmented or restricted to few locations. For these reasons, the species is classified as Near Threatened. If further studies show that the population is smaller than currently thought or it is declining rapidly, an uplisting to Vulnerable may be warranted.
|Population:||5,000-8,000 pairs, equating to 10,000-16,000 mature individuals, were estimated in 2000 (G. Dutson in litt. 2005).|
Trend Justification: Declines owing to losses of mature forest through continuing logging, plantation establishment and clearing for agriculture are not so severe as previously feared, because the rate of conversion of old-growth native forest to mahogany plantations has slowed significantly; the rate of forest loss is estimated to be 0.5-0.8 % p.a (Claasen 1991), equating to 7-11% over 15 years (unpublished data from Fiji IBA project via G. Dutson in litt. 2005).
|Current Population Trend:||Decreasing|
|♦ Number of mature individuals:||11000-19000||♦ Continuing decline of mature individuals:||Yes|
|♦ Extreme fluctuations:||No||♦ Population severely fragmented:||No|
|♦ No. of subpopulations:||2||♦ Continuing decline in subpopulations:||Unknown|
|♦ Extreme fluctuations in subpopulations:||No||♦ All individuals in one subpopulation:||No|