Olomao Myadestes lanaiensis

Family: Turdidae (Thrushes)

Authority: (Wilson, 1891)

Red List Category

Criteria: D

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Justification of Red List category
The last confirmed sighting of this species was in 1980 (Pyle and Pyle 2017), with unconfirmed reports in 1988, 1994 and 2005, and no subsequent records despite further surveys in most of the historical range in Kamako'u-Pelekunu. It may have been driven extinct by diseases spread by introduced mosquitoes and habitat destruction. A set of papers published in 2017 (Akcakaya et al. 2017, Keith et al. 2017, Thompson et al. 2017) laid out methods for quantitatively estimating a species’s probability of extinction based on parameters associated with threats, in addition to records and surveys. Based on the application of these methods (Butchart et al. 2018), this species would qualify for reclassification as Critically Endangered. However, the authors recommended retaining it as Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct) because the final site for the species (the Olokui natural area reserve) is only 6.6 km2, less than half of which is suitable habitat, and it has been isolated for so long that it is highly unlikely that any population has persisted.

Population size: 0-49

Population trend: Unknown

Country endemic: Yes

Land-mass type - oceanic island
Realm - Oceanic
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Species factsheet: Myadestes lanaiensis. Downloaded from on 14/08/2020. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2020) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 14/08/2020.