Western Crowned Pigeon
This spectacular pigeon is
classified as Vulnerable on the basis of a small estimated population,
which is inferred to be rapidly declining, through habitat loss and
hunting. However, the total population size, the effect and extent of
habitat degradation and the impact of hunting and trade are all poorly
known, and further research may lead to reclassification.
It is heavily hunted for food and
its plumes (although less than the two other Goura species
because gun ownership is lower in
Papua New Guinea
)1 and is also subject to levels of trade,
being a highly prized aviary bird11. Extensive logging
concessions have been granted within its range and habitat has already
been lost to substantial transmigration schemes6.
Logging roads and oil and mineral exploration also increase access to
CITES Appendix II. The species is
afforded some protection in
from commercial trade and domestic use14.
There are single protected areas on all the
of occurrence and three very large proposed
nature reserves within its mainland Papuan range, but most are in the
mountains17. There is a captive-breeding programme in
*Conduct extensive surveys to
clarify its current distribution and population status. *Ascertain
tolerance of logged forest. *Monitor populations in well-studied
protected areas. *Investigate hunting, and devise and implement
appropriate controls. *Investigate international and domestic trade, and
devise and implement appropriate controls. *Support formal designation
of the proposed nature reserves on mainland Papua. *Enforce protection
in these protected areas.
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