Atoll Fruit Dove
Range and population
Ptilinopus coralensis has a widespread distribution throughout the islands of the
. It is the
only fruit-dove in the tropical Pacific adapted exclusively to low coral atolls,
where it inhabits forest and abandoned coconut plantations feeding on insects
and seeds, usually on the ground3,4. It is likely to occur at
low densities throughout its range as food resources are scarce6.
Predation by introduced rats (particularly black rat Rattus rattus) is a
threat on a small number of atolls5 and the species is
vulnerable to habitat destruction including the exploitation of coconut
plantations1. In a recent survey it was found to be uncommon
on five out of eight islands visited1,2.
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