This species is restricted to Sangihe Island, Indonesia, where there is only one subpopulation.
Most of Sangihe has been deforested and converted to agriculture and this species is virtually absent from plantations and secondary growth, illustrating an intolerance for habitat degradation. Small scale clearance at forest edges continues and clearings have been created and maintained on the ride in a few places for mist nests to catch bats for food. There is an ongoing project on Sangihe to update information on forest cover and conversion rates and to review land use management. This will be used to develop a long term management plan for forest protection and site conservation. There are plans to establish a protected area on the island.
- Order: Passeriformes
- Family: Pycnonotidae
- Population: 50-230
- Trend: decreasing
The species is only found on Sangihe Island, Indonesia.
Habitat and Ecology
This species prefers broadleaf evergreen forest, or light woodland, from sea level to around 1,000 metres. They show strongly favour small remnants of relatively intact forest and they are often found in small groups, perhaps representing family groups or ‘breeding units’.