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The Endangered Flycatchers of Lompobattang Mountains

‘Exquisite’ is probably not the usual word to describe the physical appearance of this 10-11 centimetres tiny bird. But, despite the absence of mesmerizing feather nor wiggling crest on alerts, the Lompobattang Flycatcher (Ficedula bonthaina) is one of the species with globally high-risked status.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has declared the Lompobattang Flycatcher with Endangered (EN) status to extinction. This species has a very small population distribution and can only be found in the Lompobattang Mountains in Bantaeng Regency, South Sulawesi.

Out of 1769 bird species in Indonesia, Burung Indonesia recorded 40 of them are endangered to extinction, including the Lompobattang Flycatcher. Meaning, without maximum conservation efforts, this species will be extinct in its natural habitat.

The population decline of this bird, which is suspected to be continuing, is due to habitat loss and forest degradation. The existence of this endemic bird of the Lompobattang Mountains was detected by a team of Burung Indonesia while conducting a biodiversity exploration in the forest area of Pattaneteang Village in Bantaeng Regency, South Sulawesi Province, last May.

Pattaneteang itself is included in the category of an important area for Karaeng-Lompobattang biodiversity in the Wallacea area. Aside of Lompobattang Flycatcher, the Lompobattang Mountains also hosts other endemic fauna such as the Lompobattang Fruit-dove (Ramphiculus meridionalis) and a critical-statused rodent, the Lompobattang Bunomys (Bunomys coelestis).


Unduh wallpaper burung edisi September 2017 di tautan berikut ini: Sikatan lompobattang

Important fact: Out of 10.000 bird species in the world, Indonesia is a home for 1.769 wild birds. Discovering the various types of birds and their services for the environment is a way of appreciating the biodiversity richness of Indonesia.