Icterus laudabilis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Icterus laudabilis
Species Authority: Sclater, 1871
Common Name(s):
English St Lucia Oriole, St. Lucia Oriole

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.
Contributor(s): Morten, M., Temple, H. & Young, G.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Capper, D., Isherwood, I., Mahood, S., O'Brien, A., Sharpe, C J
This species is classified as Near Threatened because it has an extremely small range and small population and, although numbers appear to be stable at present, population trends are poorly known and should be monitored. Were this species found to be declining it may be uplisted to Vulnerable.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Icterus laudabilis is a scarce but still widespread endemic on St Lucia in the Lesser Antilles (Keith 1997). It is thought there may not be many more than 1,000 mature individuals (Temple in litt. 2005).
Saint Lucia
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Population [top]

Population: H. Temple (in litt. 2005) estimated the population to be more than 1,000, though possibly not dramatically more. It is placed in the band 1,000-2,499 mature individuals, equating to 1,500-3,749 individuals in total, rounded here to 1,500-4,000 individuals.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It inhabits coastal vegetation, dry scrub, edges of banana plantations, plantation forest, secondary and primary forest up to 700 m (Keith 1997, Raffaele et al. 1998).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Since 1935, it has become less numerous and more local, probably owing to a combination of pesticide spraying, habitat loss, parasitism by Shiny Cowbird Molothrus bonariensis and harassment by Bare-eyed Thrush Turdus nudigenis (Keith 1997, Raffaele et al. 1998). Rates of brood parasitism may be particularly high, locally, perhaps 3/4 of broods may be partially or exclusively made up of Shiny Cowbirds, but it is not known what effect (if any) this is having on populations (H. Temple in litt. 2005).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
None is known.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Survey the population and map its distribution. Study the effect of brood parasitism on the population. Study the relative effects of other threats on the population. Protect significant areas of native forest at appropriate altitude.

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Icterus laudabilis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 29 August 2015.
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