Family Old World Orioles (Oriolidae)

Least Concern

Wetar Figbird (Sphecotheres hypoleucus)


Taxonomy

French: Sphécothère de Wetar German: Wetarpirol Spanish: Papafigos de la Wetar
Taxonomy:

Sphecotheres hypoleucus

Finsch

, 1898,

Wetar Island, Indonesia

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Has sometimes been considered conspecific with congeners, but differs from S. viridis in characters given under that species, and from S. vieilloti in its much smaller size (allow 3); all-white underparts in male (4); and no white vs much white in tail and on undertail-coverts of male (3). Monotypic.

Distribution:

Wetar I, in Lesser Sundas.

Descriptive notes

26 cm; 75–80 g. Male has pink or orange-red bare skin around eye; head, neck and upper mantle black, rest of upperparts olive-green, faintly streaked; upperwing dark,... read more

Voice

A muted series 3–4 seconds in duration, of rather harsh, chirpy, nasal and unmusical notes.

Habitat

Primary and secondary deciduous monsoon forests, woodland and scrub; recent observations also in... read more

Food and feeding

No information.

Breeding

No information.

Movements

Presumed sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Timor and Wetar EBA. Occurs only on the relatively small (c. 3600 km²) Indonesian island of... read more

Recommended citation

Walther, B., Jones, P. & Sharpe, C.J. (2017). Wetar Figbird (Sphecotheres hypoleucus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/60437 on 17 December 2017).