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Golden-bellied White-eye Zosterops uropygialis
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This species has a tiny range, being restricted to just two islands. It remains fairly common, and persists in degraded habitats, suggesting that it is not at imminent threat. However, the situation should be carefully monitored for any increases in the rate of habitat loss. It is currently listed as Near Threatened.

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
Zosterops uropygialis is restricted to the Banda Sea Islands Endemic Bird Area, Indonesia, where it occurs on the islands of Kai Cecil and Tual only. It is moderately common within this range.

Population justification
The population size of this species has not been quantified, but it is described as scarce to rare.

Trend justification
The population is suspected to be in decline owing to ongoing habitat destruction and fragmentation.

This species inhabits forests, scrub and cleared land with scattered trees.

This species may be vulnerable to forest loss within its small range, although recent habitat trends are poorly known.

Conservation Actions Underway

Conservation Actions Proposed
Monitor populations on Kai Cecil and Tual, as well as rates of habitat loss or degradation. Conduct ecological studies to identify habitat requirements. Protect significant areas of forest and scrub habitat on both islands in 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. 2008. Handbook of the Birds of the World, vol. 13: Penduline-tits to Shrikes. 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., Khwaja, N., Mahood, S. & Symes, A.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Zosterops uropygialis. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016.

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 Zosteropidae (White-eyes)
Species name author Salvadori, 1874
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 420 km2
Country endemic? Yes
Links to further information
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