This pigeon has a small, declining,
severely fragmented population owing to destruction of its evergreen
forest habitat and hunting. It therefore qualifies as Vulnerable.
Its decline is mainly the result of
habitat loss and fragmentation owing to commercial logging, small-scale
timber collection, and clearance of mangroves and evergreen forests for
plantation agriculture, cash-crops, charcoal production and shifting
cultivation. It also suffers high levels of hunting for food, whilst trade
poses an additional, minor threat.
Although it has been recorded from
numerous protected areas, their contribution to its conservation is not
known, especially given its seasonal and nomadic movements. Indeed,
site-based conservation strategies are unlikely to be successful unless
populations are able to follow seasonal patterns of fruit-ripening within
secure protected sites.
*Conduct further surveys,
particularly in Myanmar, to clarify its current distribution, seasonal
movements and population status. *Conduct research into its ecological
requirements and the relative effects of various threats operating across
its range. *Identify and protect, where appropriate, sites supporting key
populations. *Promote improved management and establish/increase buffer
zones around protected areas supporting key populations. *Enforce strict
hunting controls within all protected areas and devise awareness campaigns
to reduce pigeon hunting wherever this is possible.
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