Timor Imperial Pigeon
This pigeon qualifies as Vulnerable
because it is inferred to have a small population in its small range
(four recent localities only), that is suffering severe habitat loss,
degradation and fragmentation, such that continuing population declines
may be inferred.
The mountains of
deforested early in the 20th century, but habitat destruction has
recently accelerated: an estimated 50% decline in remaining forest-cover
occurred during Indonesian rule (1975-1999). Monsoon-forests now only
cover an estimated 4% of
, scattered around seven unprotected patches that are continually
declining in size due to intensive grazing and burning. In addition,
pigeons are apparently hunted extensively in East and
, a factor that
has presumably contributed to the decline of this species.
A protected area is currently being
established that will encompass Gunung Mutis, and potentially Gunung
Timau. Several other montane protected areas are proposed for
although it is not known if these areas support the species.
*Conduct surveys in remaining
montane and monsoon-forest to establish the current distribution and
population status of the species, its habitat requirements and
altitudinal preferences, in order to develop an effective strategy for
its conservation. *Propose key sites for establishment as strict
protected areas. *Support the gazettement of protected areas at Gunung
Mutis (including Gunung Timau) in
Arnau on Wetar, and implementation of management activities therein.
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