Southern Crowned Pigeon
On the basis of an inferred rapid
decline through hunting, this species is categorized as Vulnerable. It
is easily hunted as it is tame, curious, and gregarious4,9.
However there is an urgent need to research the rate of decline and
reassess its status accordingly. Its population is thought to exceed
10,000 and be declining14 but this estimation is
This large species is prized by
hunters for meat and, to a lesser extent, for its feathers1.
It has been hunted to extinction throughout much of its range in the
south-east7,10,12, elsewhere it survives only in
forests many hours or days walk away from the nearest village1,2,9,13.
It has become extirpated from the vicinity of some transmigration
settlements in Papua where it had survived constant hunting from
indigenous people9. Lowland forests, particularly on
the flat terrain favored by this species, are threatened by logging, and
although its tolerance of logged forest is poorly known, logging roads
open up access to hunters6,8,9, as does oil and gas
exploration in Papua5. Capture for trade may also be
CITES Appendix II. There is a
captive-breeding programme in some zoos9. Education
and research programmes are planned in Papua New Guinea9.
It is protected by law in
Papua New Guinea
*Survey western extreme of range.
*Determine populations in study areas such as Lakekamu and
. *Assess hunting levels through discussion with local hunters.
*Investigate population trends through discussion with local hunters.
*Ascertain tolerance of logged forest. *Monitor numbers traded. *Monitor
population in study areas. *Establish more community-based conservation
areas in lowlands. *Enforce protection in uninhabited reserve areas.
*Launch public awareness programmes to reduce hunting. *Utilise as a
flagship species in ecotourism ventures.
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