Zoothera leucolaema


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Zoothera leucolaema
Species Authority: (Salvadori, 1892)
Common Name(s):
English Enggano Thrush
Taxonomic Notes: Zoothera interpres (Sibley and Monroe 1990, 1993) has been split into Z. interpres and Z. leucolaema by Collar (2004).

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): Brickle, N.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Bird, J., Khwaja, N., Pilgrim, J.
This species is listed as Near Threatened because it has an extremely small range, and its population may be both moderately small and continually declining owing to habitat loss, although it does tolerate degraded forest. Information is urgently required on the status and trends of habitat on Enganno, the intensity of trapping pressures, and this species's population size and trends. Such new information may show that it warrants listing in a threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Zoothera leucolema is endemic to the small island of Enggano, 100 km off the south-west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, where it has been described as "common" (Collar 2004).

Indonesia (Sumatera)
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Population [top]

Population: The population is estimated to number 10,000-19,999 mature individuals based on an assessment of known records, descriptions of abundance and range size. This is consistent with recorded population density estimates for congeners or close relatives with a similar body size, and the fact that only a proportion of the estimated Extent of Occurrence is likely to be occupied. This estimate is equivalent to 15,000-29,999 individuals in total, rounded here to 15,000-30,000 individuals.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The species is forest-dependent, although it is not restricted to primary forest and is seen regularly in degraded forest areas (Verbelen 2009). There is little information on its breeding or ecology.

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat destruction on Enggano has, thus far, been minimal, but recent tentative proposals for agricultural development suggest the possibility for future radical change, and this may exert pressure on the small population of this species. Zoothera species are heavily traded elsewhere in Indonesia, because of their abilities as songsters, so it is possible that this threat is also impacting this species (Collar 2004, N. Brickle in litt. 2005). However, Verebelen (2009) considered it less likely than congeners to be targeted due to its "less than melodious song", and found no evidence or anecdote to suggest it is trapped. Further research is required to determine whether trapping really does pose a threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
No conservation measures are currently known.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Conduct surveys to assess the population size and status of this species. Assess current agricultural impacts, and attempt to mitigate future plans. Assess the extent to which bird trade is a threat.

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Zoothera leucolaema. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 01 August 2015.
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