Palau Ground Dove
Range and population
Gallicolumba canifrons is endemic to Palau where it is found in dense forest on
all the major islands from Babeldaob (very rare) to Angaur, and on many of the
small limestone islands (where it is more common)1. It is
difficult to locate because of its secretive habits, sparse vocalisations3
and inaccessible habitat and, during a survey in 1991, too few were counted to
record a meaningful population estimate2. However, although it
is rare, numbers are probably stable and its rock island
habitat is not faced with imminent development, nor is the species hunted2.
The introduction of alien species (e.g. rats, brown tree snake Boiga
irregularis) is a potential threat.
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