IUCN threat status:

Endangered (EN)

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Range Description

Zosterops luteirostris is endemic to Ghizo in the Solomon Islands, where the remaining tall or old-growth forest is very fragmented and totals less than 1 km2. Birds were found to be locally common in these forest patches but less common elsewhere (Buckingham et al. 1995, Gibbs 1996, G. Dutson pers. obs. 1998, M. Iles verbally 1998). A maximum of 14 have been seen in one patch of forest, and 20 from a cross-island transect (extrapolated to a population density of 46 birds per km2) (Buckingham et al. 1995). It has declined with past and ongoing habitat degradation, forest clearance and human habitation, which has increased markedly since the 2007 tsunami, particularly in the interior of Ghizo (C. Filardi in litt. 2012). Areas around Gizo Town, which previously supported the species, have been further degraded since the tsunami, and were not found to support the species in 2012 (C. Filardi in litt. 2012). Comprehensive surveys have not yet been conducted in the interior, but are urgently needed to assess the status of the species and determine the magnitude of the suspected decline.

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