This species is considered to be Vulnerable on the basis of its small, declining population. However, the estimations of population size and structure are based on very poor data. If this species is considered to have a severely fragmented range, it may need reclassifying as Endangered, conversely a higher population estimate may lead to reclassifying as Near Threatened.
Sibley, C. G.; Monroe, B. L. 1990. Distribution and taxonomy of birds of the world. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.
12 cm. Small, bright, warbler-like bird. Broad silvery eye-ring contrasts with dark olive head and bright yellow underparts. Upperparts dark olive with greenish wash extending over breast-sides and fainter along flanks. Bill black and legs orange-yellow. Similar spp. Female Olive-backed Sunbird Nectarinia jugularis has long decurved bill and no eye-ring. Voice Short, simple melodic song and loud cheu contact calls. Hints Best located when singing in early morning.
Dutson, G. 2011. Birds of Melanesia: Bismarcks, Solomons, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. Christopher Helm, London.
Gibbs, D. 1996. Notes on Solomon Island birds. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 116: 18-25.
Hornbuckle, J. 1999. Birding in Melanesia: 3 May - July 1999.
Text account compilers
Derhé, M., Dutson, G., Ekstrom, J., Mahood, S., Stattersfield, A.
Dutson, G., Filardi, C.
IUCN Red List evaluators
Butchart, S., Symes, A.
BirdLife International (2013) Species factsheet: Zosterops splendidus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/12/2013. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2013) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/12/2013.
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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|Current IUCN Red List category||Vulnerable|
|Species name author||Hartert, 1929|
|Population size||2500-9999 mature individuals|
|Distribution size (breeding/resident)||150 km2|
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