Zoothera machiki


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Zoothera machiki
Species Authority: (Forbes, 1883)
Common Name(s):
English Fawn-breasted 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 forest cover has declined within its moderately small range. Ongoing declines are suspected.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Zoothera machiki is restricted to the Tanimbar Islands (Yamdena and Larat only) in the Banda Sea, Indonesia. Previously known from just three specimens, in the past 15 years the species has been found to be locally common.

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Population [top]

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

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It inhabits forest and scrub, showing a preference for primary forest, but occasionally using secondary scrub, and sometimes concentrating in recently burned areas. It forages on the ground but is not shy and can be seen in the morning along tracks and watercourses.

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Logging in the south of Yamdena has continued apace since 1992 and is presumably causing a decline in the population of this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
None are known.

Conservation Actions Proposed
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. Estimate population trends by assessing rates of forest loss using satellite images and remotes sensing.

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Zoothera machiki. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 30 August 2015.
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