Aplonis crassa


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Aplonis crassa
Species Authority: (Sclater, 1883)
Common Name(s):
English Tanimbar Starling

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., Gilroy, J., Khwaja, N.
This species has a tiny range, and although it remains common within suitable habitat, it is under constant threat from future habitat loss. It is therefore considered Near Threatened, and should be monitored carefully.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Aplonis crassa is restricted to the Banda Sea Islands Endemic Bird Area, Indonesia, where it occurs only on the Tanimbar group. It is common within this small range.

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Population [top]

Population: The population size of this species has not been quantified, but it is described as locally common in suitable habitat.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species inhabits a variety of forest habitats, including mangroves, secondary growth and edge.

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Significant logging is occurring in the south of Yamdena, but little is known of the status of habitats on the other islands. As it persists in secondary and edge habitats, it is unlikely to be declining at a rapid rate.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway

Conservation Actions Proposed
Monitor population trends and habitat status in the Tanimbar group. Conduct ecological studies to improve understanding of its precise habitat requirements, particularly tolerance of secondary habitats and response to fragmentation. Protect areas of suitable habitat.

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Aplonis crassa. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 03 September 2015.
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