This species has a small, severely
fragmented population. Although precise data are lacking, continuing
declines are likely as a result of high levels of nest-predation. This
combination of factors qualify the species as Vulnerable.
may be the most important threat1. From a sample of
seven nests, two were successful and the remainder were predated,
primarily by black rat Rattus rattus. Predation of artificial
ground nests was also very high1. Habitat loss has been
forests have been intensively exploited since the 15th century.
Although the decline in their area has slowed, laurel forests have been
fragmented in recent decades owing to an increase in the demand for wooden
poles and tool handles for agriculture. A recent decline in fruit farming,
particularly on La Gomera, has reduced food availability. The
concentration of birds at a few water sources makes them vulnerable to
disease is a potentially serious threat, but its current impact is
It is fully protected under Spanish
law. Many protected areas have been established, including
(La Gomera), El Canal and Los Tiles (
project is underway with the aim of conserving this species and C.
bollii. An action plan was published in 1996.
*Conduct a census and initiate
monitoring. *Investigate factors affecting breeding performance. *Purchase
important sites. *Promote the restoration of laurel forest. *Avoid further
damage to laurel forest from commercial forestry. *Implement alternatives
to commercial forestry. *Control illegal hunting.
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