This species is close to qualifying
as Endangered, but (at least) the subpopulation on Puerto Rico is too
numerous. The total population is still small, fragmented and declining,
and it is consequently Vulnerable.
Hunting, logging and clearance for
plantation agriculture, combined with the devastating effects of
hurricanes, have reduced populations1. Few birds are
shot in Jamaica and this does not appear to explain the species's current
scarcity on the island2.
A recovery programme is underway in
Puerto Rico7. Funding is being sought for conservation
in Cockpit Country, Jamaica2. It is legally protected in
Cuba (but this is not enforced), and has been recorded from several
protected areas, including the Guanahacabibes Biosphere Reserve, where it
has been the subject of an education programme.
*Survey to assess numbers and
distribution, especially in Cuba and Jamaica2,6. *Assess
the impact of illegal hunting2. *Conserve the Cockpit
Country, and southern dry limestone forests and woodlands, in Jamaica2.
*Design and implement education programmes in Cuba to reduce hunting
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