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Fawn-breasted Thrush Zoothera machiki

Justification
This species is listed as Near Threatened because forest cover has declined within its moderately small range. Ongoing declines are suspected.

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
Zoothera machiki is restricted to the Tanimbar Islands (Yamdena and Larat only) in the Banda Sea, Indonesia. Previously known from just three specimens, in the past 15 years the species has been found to be locally common.

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as locally common (del Hoyo et al. 2005).

Trend justification
The species is thought to be declining owing to on-going forest loss within its restricted range. As a result declines of 20-30% over a 10-year period are suspected.

Ecology
It inhabits forest and scrub, showing a preference for primary forest, but occasionally using secondary scrub, and sometimes concentrating in recently burned areas. It forages on the ground but is not shy and can be seen in the morning along tracks and watercourses.

Threats
Logging in the south of Yamdena has continued apace since 1992 and is presumably causing a decline in the population of this species.

Conservation Actions Underway
None are known. Conservation Actions Proposed
Protect areas of lowland forest within the species's range. Enforce restrictions on hunting and logging within such protected areas. Determine its habitat association and generate density estimates to inform a revised population estimate for the species. Estimate population trends by assessing rates of forest loss using satellite images and remotes sensing.

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

Clement, P.; Hathway, R. 2000. Thrushes. Christopher Helm, London.

Collar, N. J. 2005. Family Turdidae (Thrushes). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A. and Christie, C. (eds), Handbook of birds of the world Vol. 10, pp. 514-807. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.

del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Christie, D. 2005. Handbook of the Birds of the World, vol. 10: Cuckoo-shrikes to Thrushes. 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., Bird, J., Khwaja, N.

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Zoothera machiki. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/10/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/10/2014.

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 Turdidae (Thrushes)
Species name author (Forbes, 1883)
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 3,200 km2
Country endemic? Yes
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