This species is listed as Vulnerable because it has a small range that is severely fragmented and suspected to be declining, owing to reductions in the the extent and quality of its habitat.
Dowsett, R. J.; Forbes-Watson, A. D. 1993. Checklist of birds of the Afrotropical and Malagasy regions. Tauraco Press, Li
Sibley, C. G.; Monroe, B. L. 1990. Distribution and taxonomy of birds of the world. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.
Neodrepanis hypoxanthus Collar et al. (1994)
9-10 cm. Tiny, brilliantly-coloured bird with very short tail and fine, fairly long and decurved bill. Males have blackish upperparts, edged iridescent blue. Underparts are unsullied yellow, bill and legs blackish. Large wattle extends from base of bill to well behind eye, ultramarine with turquoise. Females are duller above, olive-green, and lack eye-wattle, although still brilliant yellow underneath. Similar spp. Males distinguished from Sunbird Asity N. coruscans by combination of blackish (not yellow-fringed) primaries, unsullied yellow underparts, more extensive eye-wattle, particularly in front of eye, and shorter, less decurved bill. Females have centre of breast (at least) bright yellow. From Souimanga Sunbird Nectarinia souimanga also by very short tail and tiny size.
Collar, N. J.; Stuart, S. N. 1985. Threatened birds of Africa and related islands: the ICBP/IUCN Red Data Book. International Council for Bird Preservation, and International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, Cambridge, U.K.
Hawkins, F.; Safford, R.; Duckworth, W.; Evans, M. 1997. Field identification and status of the sunbird asities Neodrepanis of Madagascar. Bulletin of the African Bird Club 4(1): 36-41.
Langrand, O. 1990. Guide to the birds of Madagascar. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.
ZICOMA. 1999. Zones d'Importance pour la Conservation des Oiseaux a Madagascar.
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Butchart, S., Taylor, J.
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|Current IUCN Red List category||Vulnerable|
|Species name author||Salomonsen, 1933|
|Population size||10000-19999 mature individuals|
|Distribution size (breeding/resident)||5,500 km2|
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