Atoll Fruit Dove
Ptilinopus coralensis

Range and population
Ptilinopus coralensis has a widespread distribution throughout the islands of the Tuamotu Archipelago , French Polynesia . It is the only fruit-dove in the tropical Pacific adapted exclusively to low coral atolls, where it inhabits forest and abandoned coconut plantations feeding on insects and seeds, usually on the ground3,4. It is likely to occur at low densities throughout its range as food resources are scarce6. Predation by introduced rats (particularly black rat Rattus rattus) is a threat on a small number of atolls5 and the species is vulnerable to habitat destruction including the exploitation of coconut plantations1. In a recent survey it was found to be uncommon on five out of eight islands visited1,2.

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