This ground-dove remains extremely
poorly known. Its classification has been upgraded to Endangered based on
provisional estimates of its very small population, known from only two
recent locations and inferred to be declining owing to various threats,
including predation by introduced mammals.
Introduced rats, cats, dogs and pigs
are found throughout Utupua and Santo and may also occur on Tinakula.
Cyclones and volcanic eruptions are a risk, particularly on Tinakula where
any remaining population must be naturally small.
Two lowland forests have recently
been protected on Santo but the species has not been found in either.
*Survey Tinakula. *Survey any
predator-free islands within the species's range. *Survey Santo to
ascertain its distribution, altitudinal range, habitat requirements and
abundance. *Determine population levels of introduced mammals around
current sites on Santo. *Assess hunting levels and population trends based
on discussions with Santo hunters. *Advocate creation of more forest
reserves on Santo. *Investigate hunting control measures through community
discussion and awareness programmes.
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