Golden-bellied White-eye Zosterops uropygialis


Justification of Red List Category
This species has a tiny range, being restricted to just two islands. It remains fairly common, and persists in degraded habitats, suggesting that it is not at imminent threat. However, the situation should be carefully monitored for any increases in the rate of habitat loss. It is currently listed as Near Threatened.

Population justification
The population size of this species has not been quantified, but it is described as scarce to rare.

Trend justification
The population is suspected to be in decline owing to ongoing habitat destruction and fragmentation.

Distribution and population

Zosterops uropygialis is restricted to the Banda Sea Islands Endemic Bird Area, Indonesia, where it occurs on the islands of Kai Cecil and Tual only. It is moderately common within this range.


This species inhabits forests, scrub and cleared land with scattered trees.


This species may be vulnerable to forest loss within its small range, although recent habitat trends are poorly known.

Conservation actions

Conservation Actions Underway

Conservation Actions Proposed
Monitor populations on Kai Cecil and Tual, as well as rates of habitat loss or degradation. Conduct ecological studies to identify habitat requirements. Protect significant areas of forest and scrub habitat on both islands in community-led multiple use areas.


Text account compilers
Benstead, P., Gilroy, J., Khwaja, N., Mahood, S. & Symes, A.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Species factsheet: Zosterops uropygialis. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/11/2021. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2021) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/11/2021.