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Golden-bellied Flyrobin Microeca hemixantha
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This species has a very small range, occupying a limited number of small islands. It could be declining slowly as a result of limited habitat loss and degradation, as logging is occurring in some areas, although most of its habitat is apparently intact. It is therefore considered Near Threatened, but further studies are urgently needed in order to clarify its status.

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
Microeca hemixantha is restricted to the Banda Sea Islands Endemic Bird Area, Indonesia, where it occurs in the Tanimbar Islands (Yamdena, Loetoe and Larat) (BirdLife International 2001). It apparently remains common within its small range.

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as common within its very small range (del Hoyo et al. 2007).

Trend justification
Data on recent population trends are lacking, and responses to local habitat loss are unknown, but slight declines could have occurred in some areas.

This species inhabits primary and secondary forest and mangroves in the lowlands.

Much habitat apparently remains secure, although there is significant logging in the south of Yamdena.

Conservation Actions Underway
No targeted conservation actions are known for this species, although some of its habitat is protected.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Monitor populations and habitat trends on occupied islands. Conduct ecological studies to improve understanding of its precise habitat requirements, tolerance of secondary habitats and response to fragmentation. As a precaution, protect significant areas of suitable forest, in both strictly protected areas and community-led multiple use areas.

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

del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Christie, D. 2007. Handbook of the Birds of the World, vol. 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.

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., Taylor, J.

IUCN Red List evaluators
Butchart, S., Symes, A.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Microeca hemixantha. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016.

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 Near Threatened
Family Petroicidae (Australasian robins)
Species name author Sclater, 1883
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 3,200 km2
Country endemic? Yes
Links to further information
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