As a large terrestrial species, this
ground-dove is likely to have suffered from the effects of introduced
mammals and hunting, and is inferred to have a tiny population. Although
it may well be Extinct, it is retained as Critical until the known
historical sites are re-surveyed. One of these, the tiny
On Makira, introduced rats, pigs,
cats and dogs are widespread and thought to have caused the decline of
this and other species. Most lowland forest has been logged or is in
logging concessions, and the larger pigeons are targeted by local hunters.
On Ramos, hunters from the adjacent islands of Santa Isabel and Malaita
make regular journeys to harvest the nesting Nicobar Pigeon Caloenas
nicobarica, and may shoot ground-doves on these expeditions1,3,4.
There have been some short surveys
looking for this species on Makira1,3,4,5.
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