Marquesan Imperial Pigeon
This species has a very small
population, on one tiny island, and owes its survival to the existence
of several areas which are difficult to access by hunters and introduced
grazers, and to colonization by rats. However, it may be declining
slowly overall as a result of these threats and is therefore assigned
Illegal hunting is the main concern1.
Habitat has been modified and degraded by introduced vegetation and
grazing by feral stock1,4. However, cattle have been
eradicated, and goats and pigs are decreasing1.
New roads and tunnels could result in habitat loss, facilitated access
and considerable disturbance, although there is currently little traffic1.
Introduced rats (particularly black rat Rattus rattus) are
increasing and may constitute a threat4.
The bird is revered in local culture
and hunting is forbidden (although it continues)1.
Following recommendations of translocations5, five
birds have been released on Ua Huka where there are no R. rattus.
*Research predation by cats and rats
and, depending on the results, set up some control measures1.
*Promote public awareness through publicity materials and schools,
especially in relation to legal protection1. *Ensure
that game is not reintroduced into the wild (which would increase
hunting generally)1. *Ensure that road development
takes account of the species's requirements1. *Prevent
further accidental introductions of exotic species1.
*Establish the absence of avian diseases1. *Consider
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