Carunculated Fruit Dove
This forest frugivore qualifies as
Vulnerable because its small population is inferred to be undergoing a
continuing decline owing to habitat loss and degradation.
Obi is a small island, and any
deforestation would be problematic for this species, particularly given
its predeliction for lowland forest habitats. Much of the lower-lying
forest has already been logged, much of the remainder is under logging
concession, and illegal gold mining is reported to be destroying some
areas of forest. Furthermore, areas proposed for protection only include
land at 500 m and above.
None is known. There is a proposed
protected area, Pulau Obi, on the island, although it remains to be
determined whether this is the most appropriate area for the
conservation of threatened and endemic avifauna. There is also a move to
protect Danau Saku, a freshwater lake which is quite likely to host
numbers of this pigeon in its fringing forests.
*Conduct further surveys to clarify
its current distribution, status and ecological requirements
(particularly tolerance of habitat degradation). *Investigate levels of
hunting on Obi. *Identify the most appropriate area for designation as a
protected area, catering for this species and other endemic fauna.
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