Chloropsis venusta


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Chloropsis venusta
Species Authority: (Bonaparte, 1850)
Common Name(s):
English Blue-masked Leafbird

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 is thought to have experienced a moderately rapid decline which is likely to continue owing to ongoing loss and degradation of forest within its restricted altitudinal range. As a result it is classified as Near Threatened.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is restricted to the hills and lower montane areas of Sumatra, Indonesia, occurring throughout the uplands that run along the western spine of the island.

Indonesia (Sumatera)
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Population [top]

Population: The population size is unknown, but the species is described as generally rather uncommon to sparse (del Hoyo et al. 2006).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It inhabits hill and lower montane evergreen forest at 600-1,500 m. It also occurs in well-regenerated secondary growth and at the forest-edge. It feeds on fruit, seeds and arthropods.

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is judged to be generally uncommon and sparse but forest loss on lower slopes is reducing the lower elevation ranges of several rare Sumatran endemics, and is likely to be causing a decline in this species also (BirdLife International 2001, Wells 2005.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
None are known.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Assess the rate of forest loss within its altitudinal range using remote sensing techniques. Ensure that adequate areas of lower montane forest are protected within its range.

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Chloropsis venusta. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 05 September 2015.
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