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Black-chested Honeyeater Lichmera notabilis

IUCN Red List history

Year Category
2015 Least Concern
2012 Near Threatened
2008 Near Threatened
2004 Near Threatened
2000 Lower Risk/Near Threatened
1996 Data Deficient
1994 Data Deficient
1988 Threatened

Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency High
Land mass type   Average mass -


  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 2,600 medium
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals poor Not Applicable 0
Population trend Stable poor Suspected -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 6.3 - - -
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.

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Indonesia Native Extant       Yes

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Rural Gardens Suitable resident
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland Major resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Moist Suitable resident
Altitude 0 - 0 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Threats & impact

Threat (level 1) Threat (level 2) Impact and Stresses
Agriculture & aquaculture Annual & perennial non-timber crops / Small-holder farming Timing Scope Severity Impact
Ongoing Minority (<50%) Slow, Significant Declines Low Impact: 5
Ecosystem degradation, Ecosystem conversion
Biological resource use Logging & wood harvesting / Unintentional effects: (large scale) [harvest] Timing Scope Severity Impact
Ongoing Minority (<50%) Slow, Significant Declines Low Impact: 5
Ecosystem degradation
Energy production & mining Mining & quarrying Timing Scope Severity Impact
Future Minority (<50%) Rapid Declines Low Impact: 4
Ecosystem degradation, Ecosystem conversion

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2015) Species factsheet: Lichmera notabilis. Downloaded from on 25/11/2015. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2015) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 25/11/2015.

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
- Summary information on this species