Zosterops vellalavella


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Zosterops vellalavella
Species Authority: Hartert, 1908
Common Name(s):
English Banded White-eye, Belted White-eye

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.
Contributor(s): Dutson, G.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Derhé, M., Dutson, G., Mahood, S., O'Brien, A.
This species has a very small range on just one small island where it is likely to have a moderately small population. Although most of the forest on the island is either being logged or is scheduled to be logged, the species can apparently persist in degraded and logged forest, and may therefore not be declining. It is therefore currently classified as Near Threatened, but any evidence of a decline may warrant its uplisting to a higher threat category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Zosterops vellalavella is endemic to the small island of Vella Lavella (630 km2) in the Solomon Islands. It is very poorly known, although it has been considered common. The only count is 29 birds seen in six hours in 1998, suggesting a small total population.

Solomon Islands
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Population [top]

Population: The population size of this species has not been quantified, but it is described as common.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It occurs in forest, usually forest edge but also primary forest, logged forest (Gibbs 1996, G. Dutson pers. obs. 1998, Hornbuckle 1999) and in regrowth, including coconut plantations with some undergrowth and scattered old trees (Dutson 2011).

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The majority of Vella Lavella has been or is scheduled to be logged and this may cause this species to decline (G. Dutson pers. obs. 1998).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
None is known.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Regularly monitor the population at selected sites. Protect significant areas of primary forest on Vella Lavella. Research its tolerance of logged and degraded forest.

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Zosterops vellalavella. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 02 September 2015.
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