Archived 2011-2012 topics: Purple-naped Lory (Lorius domicella): uplist to Endangered?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2010 Red List update, but remains open for comment to enable reassessment in 2012.

Initial deadline for comments: 31 January 2012.

Link to BirdLife species factsheet for Purple-naped Lory

Purple-naped Lory Lorius domicella is currently listed as Vulnerable under criterion C2 of the IUCN Red List because it is assumed to have a small population of fewer than 10,000 mature individuals that is declining.

It is endemic to the islands of Seram, Ambon, and perhaps also Haruku and Saparua, South Maluku, Indonesia. It appears always to have been uncommon or rare, recent records deriving only from within Manusela National Park in central Seram, where it is scarce, and from the Wae Fufa catchment in the east, where it was fairly common on ridges between 900 and 1,050 m. There are unconfirmed local reports that it still survives above Hila on Ambon. The species has reportedly been very heavily trapped in recent years (J. Hornbuckle in litt. 2009) and it has become increasingly difficult to see with a decline in the number of sightings. On limited available evidence it seems plausible that the population has declined to fewer than 2,500 mature individuals and given the threats a continuing decline is likely. This would qualify the species as Endangered if all sub-populations support fewer than 250 mature individuals.

Comments on the likely population size and structure, and its status on Ambon and elsewhere in South Maluku are invited to accurately assess this species’s status.

(This discussion was first started as part of the 2010 Red List update)

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3 Responses to Archived 2011-2012 topics: Purple-naped Lory (Lorius domicella): uplist to Endangered?

  1. Joe Taylor says:

    The following comment was received from Jon Hornbuckle on 29 January 2011 in response to this topic:

    Yes, mostly trapped out on Seram according to local parrot expert in 2009

  2. During a field visit to Seram in 2006 visiting Gunung Binaya and Kobipoto Ridge we encountered Purple-naped Lory at just one location and they were absent from all areas where Filip Verbelen had found them fairly common in 1994. Villages throughout the island had captive Purple-naped Lories and in most villages there were knowledgeable catchers making a living by capturing wild birds for the cage-bird trade and this is clearly a major threat to the species.

  3. We (the Indonesian Parrot Project) have worked on Seram for about 9 years. We have never seen a PNL in the wild, although other lories are easy to see. Although we have not gone well into the higher terrain of the PNL, even the most respected of the former trappers [Buce M.] says that their numbers have markedly declined and he rarely sees them.
    However it is clear that they are still being trapped and smuggled. We have had six PNL in our Rehabilitation and Release Center on Seram, most or all confiscated on Ambon and returned to Seram.

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