Flores Green Pigeon
This frugivore is inferred to have a
small population which is undergoing rapid diminution owing to
continuing habitat loss. As such it qualifies for upgrading from
Near-Threatened to Vulnerable despite its apparent tolerance of degraded
Although it appears fairly tolerant
of forest degradation, and of drier formations, it is basically
forest-dependent and habitat loss is the main threat it faces.
clearance, as a
result of shifting agriculture, and the practice of burning in the dry
season, have had a major impact on natural vegetation across its range,
while parts of south-west
are threatened by a new gold and copper mine.
now largely confined to steep valleys and the highest peaks. Hunting is
a further threat, while small numbers have been recorded in trade.
It has been recorded recently in the
Wolo Tadho Strict Nature Reserve and in
, which is protected for its spectacular crater lakes.
*Conduct surveys to clarify its
distribution, status and ecological requirements, such that an effective
management strategy may be compiled. *Promote the establishment of
appropriately sited protected areas, including at Ria on
, and Selalu
Legini and Gunung Olet Sangenges on
. *Initiate conservation awareness campaigns on
to elicit local
support for forest protection and reduced hunting, as part of a broader
strategy for conserving endemic fauna and flora on the islands.
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