Range and population
Ptilinopus layardi is endemic to the islands of Kadavu and neighbouring Ono in
. It is generally found in well-forested areas in the lowlands; on
Ono it is restricted to forest remnants1, and is sometimes
found in gardens4. Although forest on Kadavu was heavily
logged in the late 1960s and early 1970s and habitat degradation continues, some
75% of the island remains forested and the species is not considered to be
affected by logging˜in fact disturbed forest may be more suitable for it5
being invaded by fast growing small trees with plenty of small soft fruits3.
However, in a recent two-day survey, only three birds were seen in nine hours
near Vunisea suggesting a relatively low population density (possibly
<10,000) even though it is very unobtrusive and likely to be over-looked2.
It could be undergoing a continuing decline owing to continuing forest clearance
for agriculture and conversion to pine forest.
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