Conservation action may be just in
time to save this species from extinction. Its status is Critical because
it has an extremely small and fragmented population as a result of a very
rapid decline. The existing recovery plan aims to increase the wild
population to 200 individuals in four subpopulations and establish a
captive-breeding programme for reintroduction.
Chronic and continuing habitat loss
for plantations and construction has possibly been compounded by
introduced mongooses, cats and rats predating fledglings. Cutting has been
substantially reduced at Mt Hartman8 but, in 1995,
50% of Perserverance was clear-cut for a planned quarry (now to be used as
a land-fill)5. Increases in squatters and cattle in the
1990s have resulted in more disturbance at Perserverance. At Mt Hartman,
a golf course and road are under construction adjacent to, and between,
In 1996, parts of Mt Hartman
and Perseverance were declared a national park and a protected area,
respectively8. A recovery plan was drafted in 19975
and a workshop to redraft the plan based on stakeholder input was held in
early 19998. It is legally protected from hunting and
egg-collecting, but these threats are insignificant.
*Implement the recovery plan5.
*Ensure that the Mt Hartman and Perseverance reserves are effectively
protected5. *Restore habitat at existing and new sites5.
*Establish two new subpopulations5.
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