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Tanimbar Bush-warbler Cettia carolinae
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This species has a highly restricted range, occurring on a single small island, where it is common. It may have declined as a result of habitat loss in parts of its range, and is therefore considered 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
Cettia carolinae is restricted to the Banda Sea Islands Endemic Bird Area, Indonesia, where it is found only on Yamenda in the Tanimbar Islands. It is common in suitable habitats.

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified. The species is poorly documented but reputedly scarce (Baker 1997).

Trend justification
Data on trends are lacking, and populations are unlikely to have been affected greatly by habitat change as this species is tolerant of secondary habitats. However, extensive logging in some parts of Yamenda suggest that small declines may have occurred.

This species is common in the dense undergrowth of primary and secondary forests and scrub.

There has been significant logging in the south of Yamenda. This species's tolerance of secondary habitats suggests that it may not be at great risk at present.

Conservation Actions Underway

Conservation Actions Proposed
Monitor population trends and rates of habitat loss on Yamenda. Conduct ecological studies to improve understanding of its precise habitat requirements, tolerance of secondary habitats and response to fragmentation. Protect areas of primary forest and safeguard against future threats.

Baker, K. 1997. Warblers of Europe, Asia and North Africa. Princeton University Press, Princeton.

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

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.

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Cettia carolinae. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016.

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 Sylviidae (Old World warblers)
Species name author Rozendaal, 1987
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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