Blue-headed Quail Dove
This species is extremely rare and
is inferred to have a very small, severely fragmented population. The
occupied range and population are continuing to decline in response to
hunting and habitat loss. This combination qualifies the species as
The combined and chronic effects of
excessive hunting and habitat destruction have produced large-scale
declines. It has always been regarded as excellent eating, and is still
trapped illegally using drop-traps baited with orange seeds2.
Hurricanes may significantly affect the species by felling large areas of
forest, such as in Zapata Swamp in 19962.
It is protected under national law
and in the Zapata Swamp, but neither is enforced and hunting continues2.
The only known highland population is protected within La Güira National
*Survey sites, outside Zapata and La
Güira, where the species may persist2. *Immediately
protect any populations discovered during these surveys. *Conduct public
awareness and education campaigns to highlight the plight of the species
and reduce hunting pressure2
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