Conservation status

The Cebu flowerpecker (Dicaeum quadricolor) is Critically Endangered with only a tiny population of less than 50 birds surviving in three forest fragments on the island of Cebu in the Philippines. Long considered to be Extinct, the species was re-discovered in 1992. There are two other globally threatened species of flowerpecker in the Philippines: the black-belted or Visayan flowerpecker (D. haematostictum) and the scarlet-collared flowerpecker (D. retrocinctum). The black-belted flowerpecker is threatened as its small range in the western Visayas Islands is becoming increasingly fragmented by deforestation. The scarlet-collared flowerpecker also exists only in forest fragments, mostly in Mindoro, and is threatened by dynamite blasting for marble and encroachment by slash-and-burn agriculture. Also within the Philippines are two other flowerpeckers that are Near Threatened: the whiskered flowerpecker (D. proprium) is endemic to Mindanao and the flame-crowned flowerpecker (D. anthonyi) occurs only on Mindanao and Luzon. Other Near Threatened flower-peckers include the white-throated flowerpecker (D. vincens) that is confined to Sri Lanka, while the scarlet-breasted flowerpecker (Prionochilus thoracicus) and the brown-backed flow-erpecker (D. everetti) occur in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei.

The obscure berrypecker (Melanocharis arfakiana) was thought to be Endangered for many years, but field-work in Papua New Guinea has shown it to be quite common in some areas, including at one site near Port Moresby. The species is apparently able to survive in degraded forest, so it may be adaptable in the face of logging and agricultural clearances of its native forest.

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