Justification of Red List Category
This species is restricted to a very small island. Recent information suggests the species may have a much larger population size than was previously thought. It is therefore classified as Least Concern.
The population size has not been quantified, however, crude estimates put it at 20,000-50,000 (C. Trainor in litt. 2012) or 200,000-300,000 pairs (Trainor et al. 2009b).
Data are lacking on the current status and population trends of this species, but some habitat loss is known to have occurred, thus slow declines are suspected.
This species is known from Wetar, Indonesia, where it was found regularly in a recent survey (Trainor et al. 2009). A recent record from nearby Alor may represent another population of this species, or possibly a different species altogether (C. Trainor in litt. 2012).
This species occurs predominantly in lowland forest and wooded gardens, with a recent record from an area of coastal scrub, overgrown cultivation and tall secondary woodland.
Although extensive forest still remains on the island, it must be assumed that Wetar, which is relatively small, is undergoing some deforestation as a result of human developments. Illegal logging and gold mining could become increasing threats in the near future, in addition to the on-going threats of agricultural expansion and road building (Trainor et al. 2009).
Conservation and Research Actions Underway
No targeted conservation actions are known for this species.
Conservation and Research Actions Proposed
Monitor occupied sites to determine whether declines are occurring. Conduct ecological studies to improve understanding of its precise habitat requirements, tolerance of secondary habitats and response to fragmentation. As a precaution, protect significant areas of suitable forest, in both strictly protected areas and community-led multiple use areas.
Text account compilers
Benstead, P., Khwaja, N., Wheatley, H., Gilroy, J., Ashpole, J, Taylor, J.
BirdLife International (2019) Species factsheet: Myzomela kuehni. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 17/10/2019. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2019) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 17/10/2019.