Grey Imperial Pigeon
This species occupies a very small
range, currently occurring at perhaps fewer than 10 locations, and is
inferred to have a small population. Both are undergoing continuing
declines owing to increasing conversion of natural forests to palm
plantations, qualifying it as Vulnerable.
Habitat clearance and degradation
are the primary threats, with native forest on small islands being
replaced by palm plantations across much of its range. The species's
large size and unwary disposition render it vulnerable to hunting
whenever it comes into contact with human populations˜birds are taken
for food, pets and trade. Introduced mammalian and reptilian predators
may cause birds to abandon some islands.
There are recent records from two
), and the
). The Karakelang Hunting Reserve (
) may also offer
some protection, but requires evaluation to define boundaries and
*Conduct comprehensive surveys of
islands in the species's known range to clarify its current status,
movements and ecological preferences. *Assess the potential importance
of the extensive mangroves along the east Kalimantan/Sabah coast through
further surveys. *Propose sites/islands supporting key populations for
establishment as strict protected areas, as appropriate (e.g. Ursula).
*Devise and initiate conservation awareness campaigns to control hunting
and curb deforestation on key islands.
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