Zoothera peronii


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Zoothera peronii
Species Authority: (Vieillot, 1818)
Common Name(s):
English Orange-banded Thrush, Orange-sided Thrush, Timor Ground-thrush

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): Symes, A. & Butchart, S.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Benstead, P., Bird, J., Khwaja, N.
This species is listed as Near Threatened because there are some indications that its population is fragmented and undergoing a continuing moderately rapid decline owing to trapping and loss of lowland forest. However, little is currently known about the population size of and the threats to this species. Further information may indicate it is more threatened.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Zoothera peronii is restricted to the Banda Sea Islands, Indonesia and Timor-Leste, where it is generally common on Roti and West Timor (race peronii), Timor-Leste, Wetar and Romang, Babar and Damar (race audacis).

Indonesia; Timor-Leste
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Population [top]

Population: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as generally common (del Hoyo et al. 2005).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It occurs up to 1,200 m in forest (including monsoon forest). Although it has been found in degraded patches, it appears to favour areas with closed-canopy forest, which are constantly diminishing. It is largely terrestrial and solitary but will aggregate in small numbers if feeding in fruiting trees. Seen in the mid and upper canopies as well as on the ground.

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Primary lowland forests are exploited within the species's range and the number of fragments continues to decrease. Heavy trade in Zoothera species in West Timor is likely to be affecting this species, although it appears to be safe from this threat in some parts of its range, such as Wetar (Trainor et al. 2009).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
None are known.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Monitor domestic trade in songbirds within Indonesia. Raise awareness about the damaging impacts of trade and promote sustainable practices and alternative livelihoods. Protect areas of lowland forest within the species's range. Enforce restrictions on hunting and logging within such protected areas. Determine its habitat association and generate density estimates to inform a revised population estimate for the species.

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