Prioniturus flavicans


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Prioniturus flavicans
Species Authority: Cassin, 1853
Common Name(s):
English Yellowish-breasted Racquet-tail, Yellow-breasted Racket-tail, Yellow-breasted Racquet-tail
Spanish Lorito-momoto Amarillento

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Butchart, S. & Symes, A.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Benstead, P., Bird, J., Taylor, J.
This species has a small and declining range, and its population is undergoing a continuing moderately rapid decline owing to on-going forest loss. However, the population is not yet severely fragmented or restricted to few locations. Hence the species is listed as Near Threatened.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Prioniturus flavicans is known with certainty only from the eastern two-thirds of the northern peninsula (Minahasa) of Sulawesi, Indonesia, with populations on adjacent islands including the Togian Islands (Juniper and Parr 1998, BirdLife International 2001). It has a limited area of occupancy on the peninsula, given that the extent of its lowland forest habitat is c.11,300 km2, and the world population is in the order of 45,000 birds. Its numbers are declining.

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Population [top]

Population: The population has been estimated to be in the order of 45,000 individuals (Walker and Cahill 2000).

Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is generally found in primary forest below 1,000 m but it will range as high as 1,900 m and use trees in cultivated areas. It forages in mid-storey lowland and hill forest, gathering in fruiting trees. The only recorded nest was situated in a cavity in the rootball of an arboreal epiphytic fern (Walker and Seroji 2000).

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Declines are attributed to high rates of habitat destruction, degradation and fragmentation.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
CITES Appendix II.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Assess the threats to this species. Calculate rates of forest loss in the lowlands of northern Sulawesi. Investigate the species's level of dependence on forest habitats. Effectively protect significant areas of suitable forest at key sites, in both strictly protected areas and community led multiple use areas.

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Prioniturus flavicans. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 29 June 2015.
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