EAZA Ex situ Programme (EEP)

Emei Shan liocichla

(Liocichla omeiensis)

 Chris Green
Institution:   Cotswold Wildlife Park

EAZA Member Area


Cotswold Wildlife Park

IUCN Red List status


IUCN Red List VU


Programme roles

Direct Conservation icon  Insurance
Emei shan liocichla have a small home range are listed as Vulnerable and the wild population is decreasing. Depending on future developments with the wild population this role may become even more important. 

 Research (husbandry)
Emei shan liocichla kept ex situ suffer from high first-year mortality and reoccurring diseases. Husbandry research is needed. Also this research can contribute to further help other liocichla species. 
Indirect Conservation icon  Conservation education (out of range)
Emei shan liocichla are one of the species that was part of the EAZA Silent Forest Campaign and can help convey messages about the threats faced by Asian songbirds such as illegal trafficking.
Non Conservation icon  Exhibit
Emei shan liocichla are a great exhibit species as they practice cooperative breeding, display duet behaviour and can sing beautifully. They can also be held in mixed exhibits with other species. 

Programme partners

BirdLife International IUCN SSC Asian Songbird Trade Specialist Group Silent Forest

Programme numbers

In April 2022, the Omei Shan liocichla EEP had 96 animals in 27 institutions.

Programme highlights

  • The EAZA Silent Forest Working Group website is regularly updated with news stories about the ongoing activities and project updates from in situ projects. The Omei Shan liocichla has its own page with information. 
  • The Silent Forest Working Group has an active Facebook page. The IUCN SSC Asian Songbird Trade Specialist Group also has an Facebook page where news stories are regularly published. 
  • EAZA published its Annual TAG Report 2021.

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