Red-throated Sunbird Anthreptes rhodolaemus


Justification of Red List Category
This forest-associated species is listed as Near Threatened because it is estimated to have experienced moderately rapid declines owing to the extensive loss of lowland forests from large areas of the Sundaic lowlands. It is not considered more threatened because it can use secondary habitats.

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as uncommon in southern Thailand, very uncommon in Borneo and rare on Sumatra (Cheke et al. 2001).

Trend justification
Rates of forest loss in the Sundaic lowlands have been extremely rapid (Kalimantan lost nearly 25% of its evergreen forest during 1985-1997, and Sumatra lost almost 30% of its 1985 cover). However, this species is thought to have avoided such rapid declines owing to its ability to use secondary habitats.

Distribution and population

Anthreptes rhodolaemus is restricted to the Sundaic lowlands of south Tenasserim, Myanmar, peninsular Thailand, Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia, Kalimantan and Sumatra, Indonesia, Brunei and Palawan, Philippines. It appears to be generally uncommon to rare throughout its range (BirdLife International 2001, Cheke and Mann 2001).


It occurs in various forest types, including lowland and hill dipterocarp forests, heath forest, peatswamp and secondary forest, Albizia, wood pulp and cacao plantations, clearings and coastal vegetation to 790 m. Breeding has been recorded in June-September.


Forest destruction in the Sundaic lowlands of Indonesia has been extensive (Kalimantan lost nearly 25% of its evergreen forest during 1985-1997, and Sumatra lost almost 30% of its 1985 cover), and the situation is little different in Thailand and Malaysia, but the species's use of submontane and secondary forests and forest edge implies that it is not immediately threatened.

Conservation actions

Conservation Actions Underway
None are known.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Determine the species population density in a variety of habitats in different parts of its range. Calculate recent rates of forest loss in the Sundaic lowlands. Protect remaining areas of suitable habitat for this and other threatened species.


Text account compilers
Benstead, P., Bird, J., Taylor, J.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Species factsheet: Anthreptes rhodolaemus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 11/07/2020. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2020) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 11/07/2020.