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Black-chested Honeyeater Lichmera notabilis

This species is restricted to a very small island. Recent information suggests the population size may be much greater than was previously thought, and is not likely to be declining. The species is therefore classified as Least Concern.

Taxonomic source(s)
Sibley, C. G.; Monroe, B. L. 1990. Distribution and taxonomy of birds of the world. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.

Distribution and population
This species is restricted to Wetar, Indonesia, where it was recently found to be more common than previously thought (Trainor et al. 2009, C. Trainor in litt. 2015).

Population justification
The population size has not been quantified, however crude estimates put it at between c. 200,000 (C. Trainor in litt. 2012) and c. 500,000 pairs (Trainor et al. 2009b). It is possibly one of the most abundant species in forest on the island (C. Trainor in litt. 2015).

Trend justification
Little is known of the status of this species however more than 95% of its original habitat remains on Wetar and is in good condition (C. Trainor in litt. 2015) so it is not likely to be declining.

This species is found in all tropical forest and Eucalptus woodland, being especially common in lowland monsoon forest (Trainor et al. 2009). It also occurs in disturbed and anthropogenic habitats, such as lush gardens (Trainor et al. 2009), coastal scrub, overgrown cultivation and tall secondary woodland.

Extensive forest still remains on Wetar. Illegal logging and the development of gold and copper mines could become increasing threats in the near future, in addition to the on-going problems of agriculture and road building (Trainor et al. 2009). However >95% of the species's original habitat is thought to still occur on the island (C. Trainor in litt. 2015).

Conservation and Research Actions Underway
None are known.

Conservation and Research Actions Proposed
Monitor occupied sites to determine whether declines are occurring. Conduct ecological studies to improve understanding of its precise habitat requirements, tolerance of secondary habitats and response to fragmentation. Protect areas of suitable primary habitat.

BirdLife International. 2001. Threatened birds of Asia: the BirdLife International Red Data Book. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K.

IUCN. 2015. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015-4. Available at: (Accessed: 19 November 2015).

Trainor, C. R., Imanuddin, Aldy, F., Verbelen, P. and Walker, J. S. 2009. The birds of Wetar, Banda Sea: one of Indonesia's forgotten islands. BirdingASIA 12: 78-93.

Trainor, C. R.; Imanuddin; Aldy, F.; Walker, J. S. 2009b. The status and conservation of the Endangered Wetar Ground-dove (Gallicolumba hoedtii) and other wildlife on Wetar Island, Indonesia, 2008: final technical report.

Further web sources of information
Detailed species accounts from the Threatened birds of Asia: the BirdLife International Red Data Book (BirdLife International 2001).

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Text account compilers
Benstead, P., Gilroy, J., Khwaja, N., Taylor, J. & Ashpole, J

Trainor, C.

IUCN Red List evaluators
Symes, A.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2015) Species factsheet: Lichmera notabilis. Downloaded from on 01/12/2015. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2015) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 01/12/2015.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Least Concern
Family Meliphagidae (Honeyeaters)
Species name author (Finsch, 1898)
Population size mature individuals
Population trend Stable
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 2,600 km2
Country endemic? Yes
Links to further information
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