This secretive species qualifies as
Endangered because it has a very small, fragmented range and population
which are declining as the extent and quality of its forest habitat
diminishes. Furthermore, it has suffered a drastic decline, probably
losing more than 50% of its population over the last decade, owing to
the effects of severe cyclones.
It is threatened by deforestation
for agriculture particularly combined with the severe effects of
cyclones, e.g. in 1990 and 1991, when canopy cover was reduced from 100%
to 27%8. Forest quality is further reduced by the
invasive of highly aggressive non-native trees whose spread is aided by
hurricanes10. Hunting is also a further threat, e.g.
in 1985, 400 birds were being shot every year5.
Although hunting is now illegal, birds are still shot in the seasonal
harvest of unprotected pigeon species7.
It is fully protected by law and
hunting is banned. It occurs in some proposed and a few existing
protected areas, but these have suffered cyclone damage and the O Le
Pupu Pu`e National Park on `Upolu is threatened by logging and
cattle-farming5. It has recently been chosen as a
flagship species to promote conservation awareness.
*Extend the hunting ban to cover all native columbids to avoid shooting6.
*Conduct further surveys to determine its distribution and population
numbers6,9,11. *Gather further information on its
life-history and habitat requirements6,9,11.
*Investigate threats9,11. *Identify important sites,
set up a network of long-term monitoring stations, and establish
conservation areas/nature reserves, e.g. on the four small islands off
the east coast of `Upolu including Nu`utele (Aleipata)6,9,11.
*Increase local involvement in its study and conservation9,11.
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