This species is classified as Near Threatened because it has a moderately small population within a very small range, and numbers are declining owing to losses of mature forest through continuing logging, plantation establishment and clearing for agriculture. However, the range is not yet severely fragmented or restricted to few locations. For these reasons, the species is classified as Near Threatened. If further studies show that the population is smaller than currently thought or it is declining rapidly, an uplisting to Vulnerable may be warranted.
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12 cm. Small, striking, iridescent black monarch with conspicuous white rump. Deep velvet-black with metallic blue spangling on head, nape, throat and breast. Rump is silky white, extending over greater part of the tail. Long wings and short tail. Vanua Levu subspecies kleinschmidti considerably larger and more strongly irridescent. Voice Loud whistles, whistling trill and low, rasping squeaks. Hints Restless bird, with a swift, darting flight. Can be seen in any mature forest on Taveuni and in the Natewa peninsula of Vanua Levu.
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Khwaja, N., O'Brien, A., Stattersfield, A., Temple, H.
Dutson, G., Kretzschmar, J., Watling, D.
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Butchart, S., Symes, A.
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Lamprolia victoriae. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/09/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/09/2014.
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|Current IUCN Red List category||Near Threatened|
|Species name author||Finsch, 1874|
|Population size||11000-19000 mature individuals|
|Distribution size (breeding/resident)||660 km2|
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