Family Old World Orioles (Oriolidae)

Least Concern

Wetar Figbird (Sphecotheres hypoleucus)


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

Sphecotheres hypoleucus


, 1898,

Wetar Island, Indonesia


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.


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


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


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

Food and feeding

No information.


No information.


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. (2018). 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 on 25 March 2018).