Sanford's White-eye Zosterops lacertosus


Justification of Red List Category
Endemic to one small island, this species is likely to have a moderately small population. At present it is likely to be declining only slowly owing to the forest practices of the islanders, however its decline would accelerate were commercial logging to be initiated.

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

Trend justification
There are no data on population trends; however, the species is suspected to be declining slowly, owing to habitat degradation.

Distribution and population

Woodfordia lacertosa is endemic to Nendo (505 km2) in the Santa Cruz islands of the Solomon Islands. The population size is not known, but the very few observations on this island suggest that it is uncommon in degraded forest (Gibbs 1996, G. Dutson pers. obs 1997, T. Leary in litt. 2000).


It is a forest species, favouring primary forest but also occurring in degraded and secondary forests with some remaining large trees (Dutson 2011).


Whilst there still appears to be large areas of closed-canopy forest on Nendo, this species would be threatened by any large-scale logging. There are no current plans for commercial logging on Nendo where the inhabitants presently favour small-scale ecoforestry schemes (G. Dutson pers. obs 1997).

Conservation actions

Conservation Actions Underway
None is known.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Regularly monitor the population at selected sites. Protect significant areas of primary forest on Nendo. Research its tolerance of logged and degraded forest. Support the islanders in their ecoforestry schemes.



Text account compilers
Derhé, M., Dutson, G., Mahood, S., O'Brien, A.

Leary, T., Dutson, G.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Species factsheet: Zosterops lacertosus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/11/2022. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2022) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/11/2022.