Wetar Figbird

The Wetar Figbird is classified as Near Threatened (NT), is close to qualifying for or is likely to qualify for a threatened category in the near future.

The Wetar Figbird (Sphecotheres hypoleucus) is a monotypic species of bird in the Oriolidae family. It is endemic to forest, woodland and scrub on the Indonesian island of Wetar. It remains very poorly known, but is possibly threatened by habitat loss, resulting in it being listed as Near Threatened by BirdLife International and IUCN. It resembles the far better known Australasian Figbird, but is smaller and the male has entirely white underparts. It has been considered a subspecies of S. More

the family except the Wetar Figbird occur in one or more protected reserves, with further areas in the process of becoming protected. Nevertheless, it remains highly questionable whether these limited forest patches will suffice to ensure the long-term survival of each species, in particular because some of these reserves are poorly managed and inadequately protected. More

Order : Passeriformes
Family : Oriolidae
Genus : Sphecotheres
Species : hypoleucus
Authority : Finsch, 1898