The population of this species is
inferred to have undergone (and is forecast to undergo) a very rapid
population decline concurrent with the rapid reduction in its lowland
forest habitat. As a result, it is classified as Endangered.
Loss of monsoon-forest has been
severe in its range, and this is the primary threat to the species,
particularly as it favours the extreme lowlands. The mountains of
deforested early in the 20th century, but habitat destruction has
recently accelerated: an estimated 50% decline in remaining montane
forest-cover occurred during Indonesian rule (1975-1999).
Monsoon-forests now only cover an estimated 4% of
, scattered in around seven unprotected patches that are
continually declining in size due to intensive grazing and burning. In
addition, pigeons (including this species) are apparently hunted
Recent surveys have identified
several areas in
to be of conservation importance to the islands' endemic
avifauna, one of which, Bipolo (though now only c.2 km2),
supports the species and another, Camplong, did until very recently.
Another site, Gunung Timau, is subject to an initiative to include it
within the Gunung Mutis protected area.
*Conduct surveys for the species in
remaining monsoon-forest tracts in
(when security problems allow) and
, Roti and Semau, to assess its current distribution, movements,
ecological constraints, status and threats. *Propose key sites for
establishment as strict protected areas. *Strongly support initiatives
to establish a nature reserve encompassing Gunung Mutis and Gunung Timau.
*Initiate conservation awareness programmes to elicit local support for
forest conservation and reduce pigeon hunting.
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