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Asian Golden Weaver Ploceus hypoxanthus
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This species is assumed to be undergoing a moderately rapid population decline to the point that its population is now also moderately small. As a result it is 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
Ploceus hypoxanthus occurs in Myanmar (scarce to locally common in the centre, south, south-west and Tenasserim), Thailand (local and uncommon in north and centre), Laos (local in south), Vietnam (scarce to locally fairly common in south Annam and Cochinchina), Cambodia and Indonesia (rare resident in Sumatra, previously widespread but now local and uncommon on Java and restricted to the west) (Robson 2000, BirdLife International 2001).

Population justification
The species is thought to have a moderately small global population owing to its habitat requirements and population declines. It is placed in the band for 10,000-19,999 mature individuals, probably equating to total population of c.15,000-30,000 individuals.

Trend justification
This species is assumed to be in moderately rapid decline owing to the drainage and conversion of wetlands within its range. It may also have suffered losses from the prolific trapping of songbirds.

It inhabits marshes, grassland, reeds and rice paddies, always close to water in the lowlands where large flocks sometimes form around colonies.

It is threatened by conversion of wetland habitat to agriculture and also by persecution. It is commonly trapped (particularly in Java) and colonies are robbed and destroyed.

Conservation Actions Underway
None are known. Conservation Actions Proposed
Carry out surveys to assess the species's population size. Monitor population trends through regular surveys. Monitor rates of habitat loss. Monitor levels of trapping and nest-robbing. Tackle songbird trapping in Asia through: awareness raising, alternative livelihoods, education.

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

Robson, C. 2000. A field guide to the birds of South-east Asia. New Holland, London.

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., Taylor, J.

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Ploceus hypoxanthus. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016.

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 Ploceidae (Weavers and allies)
Species name author (Sparrman, 1788)
Population size 10000-19999 mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 638,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
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