Red-naped Fruit Dove
This canopy-dwelling species
qualifies as Vulnerable because it is estimated to have a small
population, which is inferred to be undergoing a continuing decline
owing to habitat loss and degradation.
Habitat destruction and
fragmentation, stemming from small-scale logging, fuelwood-collection
and clearance for cultivation or pasture, pose the main threat. These
pressures are exacerbated by fire resulting from an extremely dry
climate and uncontrolled burning of grasslands to encourage new growth
for grazing. Since the 19th century, c.60% of forest has been lost.
However, the reliance of this species on montane forest and partial
tolerance of habitat degradation suggest that it is perhaps secure.
Hunting is a potential further threat.
Populations occur in the recently
established Manupeu-Tanahdaru and
combined). These protected areas are the result of recommendations
derived from recent surveys for this and other threatened and/or endemic
species. Plans to designate further protected areas are underway.
*Conduct detailed research into the
ecology of the species in order to develop an effective management
strategy. *Gazette strict nature reserves at Yawila, Puronumbu and Luku
Melolo, a wildlife sanctuary at Lulundilo and a
at Tanjung Ngunju. *Support efforts to establish and manage
further protected areas. *Conduct conservation awareness programmes to
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