Grenada Dove
Leptotila wellsi

Conservation action may be just in time to save this species from extinction. Its status is Critical because it has an extremely small and fragmented population as a result of a very rapid decline. The existing recovery plan aims to increase the wild population to 200 individuals in four subpopulations and establish a captive-breeding programme for reintroduction.


Range Map for Grenada Dove

Chronic and continuing habitat loss for plantations and construction has possibly been compounded by introduced mongooses, cats and rats predating fledglings. Cutting has been substantially reduced at Mt Hartman8 but, in 1995, 50% of Perserverance was clear-cut for a planned quarry (now to be used as a land-fill)5. Increases in squatters and cattle in the 1990s have resulted in more disturbance at Perserverance. At Mt Hartman, a golf course and road are under construction adjacent to, and between, occupied habitat8.

In 1996, parts of Mt Hartman and Perseverance were declared a national park and a protected area, respectively8. A recovery plan was drafted in 19975 and a workshop to redraft the plan based on stakeholder input was held in early 19998. It is legally protected from hunting and egg-collecting, but these threats are insignificant.

*Implement the recovery plan5. *Ensure that the Mt Hartman and Perseverance reserves are effectively protected5. *Restore habitat at existing and new sites5. *Establish two new subpopulations5.

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