Grey-headed Quail Dove
The combination of habitat loss and
hunting is resulting in a rapid population reduction. The population is
now small and the species has been upgraded to Vulnerable.
Habitat destruction has reduced this
species to near-extinction on the
Sierra de Neiba1. The expansion of cacao, coffee and
tobacco production seriously threatens suitable habitat in
, and dry-season burning, drainage, agricultural expansion and
introduced predators are severe problems in the Zapata Swamp2,10.
It is heavily hunted for food in
, using drop-traps baited with orange seeds10.
Hunting of the species in the
was prohibited in 1978. Montane forest is poorly represented in
protected-areas system, but the wildlife service has recently proposed 15
new areas, including six in montane forest8,9. It occurs
within a numbers of reserves in Cuba (including the Corral de Santo
TomFaunal Refuge in the Zapata Swamp area, La Güira National Park and the
Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve), but few are afforded strict
*Survey to clarify the species's
current status and determine the protected areas within which it occurs.
*Formally designate the proposed reserves in the
. *Devise and implement management plans for protected areas.
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