|Scientific Name:||Sphecotheres hypoleucus Finsch, 1898|
|Taxonomic Source(s):||Christidis, L. and Boles, W.E. 2008. Systematics and Taxonomy of Australian Birds. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Australia.|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Reviewer(s):||Butchart, S. & Symes, A.|
|Facilitator/Compiler(s):||Benstead, P., Gilroy, J., Khwaja, N., Taylor, J. & Ashpole, J|
This species is restricted to a single very small island. Recent estimates suggest the population size may be much greater than was previously thought. The species is therefore classified as Least Concern.
|Previously published Red List assessments:|
|Range Description:||This species is restricted to Wetar, Indonesia. Although "never abundant", it was recorded at most forest sites in a recent survey of the island (Trainor et al. 2009).|
Native:Indonesia (Lesser Sunda Is.)
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|Population:||This is a poorly known species and the population size has not been quantified. A crude estimate puts the population at 30,000-50,000 pairs (Trainor et al. 2009b).|
Trend Justification: Some habitat loss is on-going on Wetar, and the population is suspected to be in slow to moderate decline as a result.
|Current Population Trend:||Decreasing|
|Habitat and Ecology:||This species occurs in most forest types, preferring the forest edge and dry forest. It feeds mainly on figs (Trainor et al. 2009).|
|Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:||Yes|
|Generation Length (years):||3.7|
|Movement patterns:||Not a Migrant|
|Major Threat(s):||Extensive forest remains on Wetar, but deforestation may have increased in recent decades, with illegal logging and gold and copper mining operations threatening to affect remaining habitats, as well as on-going pressure from agriculture and road building (Trainor et al. 2009).|
Conservation and Research Actions Underway
No targeted conservation actions are known for this species.
Conservation and Research Actions Proposed
Conduct repeated surveys within its range to determine current distribution and abundance, as well as assess population trends and rates of habitat loss. Conduct ecological studies to improve understanding of its precise habitat requirements, tolerance of secondary habitats and response to fragmentation. Campaign for the protection of remaining tracts of lowland woodland on Wetar.
|Citation:||BirdLife International. 2016. Sphecotheres hypoleucus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T22706452A94070900.Downloaded on 21 April 2018.|
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