Victoria Crowned Pigeon
This species is categorized as
Vulnerable given estimates of a small population inferred to be rapidly
declining through hunting. It is particularly easy to hunt as it is, or
at least it was, tame3 and
curious, often gregarious8, and flushed birds are easy
to shoot from their low perches2. However, there are
few quantitative data and new information may lead to reclassification.
It is prized by hunters for meat
and, to a lesser extent, for its feathers3. Nestlings
are also taken to be reared for food4. Around
populated areas, it has been hunted to local extirpation or survives
only in forests many hours or days walk away from the nearest village1,3,8.
It has become extirpated from the vicinity of some transmigration
settlements in Papua where it had survived constant hunting from
indigenous people8. Lowland forests, particularly on
the flat terrain favored by this species, are threatened by logging, and
logging roads open up access to hunters5,7,8. Capture
for trade may also be significant8.
CITES Appendix II. There is a
captive-breeding programme in some zoos8. Education
and research programmes are planned in Papua New Guinea8.
It is protected by law in
Papua New Guinea
*Survey suitable habitat between
*Determine populations in study areas such as the
. *Assess hunting levels through discussion with local hunters.
*Investigate population trends through discussion with local hunters.
*Ascertain tolerance of logged forest. *Monitor numbers traded.
*Establish more wildlife protected areas in lowlands. *Enforce
protection in uninhabited reserve areas. *Launch public awareness
programmes to reduce hunting. *Utilise as a flagship species in
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