Blue-eyed Ground Dove
This species is very rare, with
recent records from only three severely fragmented localities suggesting
that the total population is extremely small. A continuing decline is
inevitable given the massive habitat loss in the region. These factors
qualify the species as Critical.
The reasons for this species's
historical rarity are unknown because, until recently, large areas of
potentially suitable habitat remained. It is now severely threatened by
the massive destruction of the Brazilian Cerrado. The combined effects of
grazing, invasive grasses, annual burning and conversion to agriculture
for Eucalyptus plantations, soybeans and pastures for exportable
crops, encouraged by government land reform4,6, had
heavily or moderately altered two thirds of the Cerrado region by 19933.
Most of this destruction has occurred since 19502.
It is protected under Brazilian law,
and occurs in Serra das Araras Ecological Station.
*Survey the Serra das Araras to
determine the size of the population and propose measures for its
protection. *Survey near Cuiab&and at
to determine its status and protect these areas if appropriate.
*Survey any area with apparently suitable habitat, especially
and IquEcological Station. *Study
its ecology to assess reasons for its historical rarity.
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