Flame-breasted Fruit Dove
Ptilinopus marchei

This species qualifies as Vulnerable having undergone a rapid decline owing to forest loss, compounded by hunting and trade. It has now been reduced to a small, severely fragmented population that is continuing to decline.


Range Map for Flame-breasted Fruit-dove

Forest loss, degradation and fragmentation are the chief threats, compounded by hunting for food and probably sport, and collection for trade (e.g. birds were being sold openly in several markets in 1994). Forest cover in the Sierra Madre has declined by 83% since the 1930s and most remaining areas are under logging concession and may suffer further from major road-building plans. Little or no undegraded habitat remains at key sites such as Mts Data, Polis and Cetaceo, and quarrying and unregulated seasonal tourism threaten remaining forest on Mt Banahaw.

It is known from two protected areas, Mt Pulog National Park and the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park . There are also historical records from several areas now afforded national park status, including Maria Aurora Memorial National Park , Mt Bicol and Mt Banahaw/San Cristobal, although it is unclear what protection this classification confers. In the 1990s, the species featured on a bilingual environmental awareness poster in the in the Philippinesseries.

*Conduct field surveys to identify and prioritise additional key sites supporting important populations. *Intensively research its movements and basic ecological requirements to help clarify its conservation needs. *Formally propose key sites (e.g. Mts Cetaceo and Polis) for protected status. *Extend the boundaries of the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park to include Mt Los Dos Cuernos. *Promote stricter enforcement of legislation designed to curtail hunting and trade.

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