Flame-breasted Fruit Dove
This species qualifies as Vulnerable
having undergone a rapid decline owing to forest loss, compounded by
hunting and trade. It has now been reduced to a small, severely
fragmented population that is continuing to decline.
loss, degradation and fragmentation are the chief threats,
compounded by hunting for food and probably sport, and collection for
trade (e.g. birds were being sold openly in several markets in 1994).
cover in the
Sierra Madre has declined by 83% since the 1930s and most remaining
areas are under logging concession and may suffer further from major
road-building plans. Little or no undegraded habitat remains at key
sites such as Mts Data, Polis and Cetaceo, and quarrying and unregulated
seasonal tourism threaten remaining forest on Mt Banahaw.
It is known from two protected
areas, Mt Pulog National Park and the
are also historical records from several areas now afforded national
park status, including
, Mt Bicol and Mt Banahaw/San Cristobal, although it is unclear
what protection this classification confers. In the 1990s, the species
featured on a bilingual environmental awareness poster in the in the
*Conduct field surveys to identify
and prioritise additional key sites supporting important populations.
*Intensively research its movements and basic ecological requirements to
help clarify its conservation needs. *Formally propose key sites (e.g.
Mts Cetaceo and Polis) for protected status. *Extend the boundaries of
include Mt Los Dos Cuernos. *Promote stricter enforcement of legislation
designed to curtail hunting and trade.
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