Large Green Pigeon
Treron capellei

This species qualifies as Vulnerable because it is restricted to low-lying forest in a region in which this habitat-type is being cleared and degraded at such a rate that rapid and continuing population declines are inferred.


Range Map for Large Green-pigeon

Massive declines in the population of this species are presumably occurring in the face of habitat loss. Huge areas of lowland forest were removed from its range during the 20th century, chiefly through logging, conversion to agriculture and fire. For example, Kalimatan lost almost 25% of its cover between 1985 and 1997, and Sumatra lost 30% in the same period, suggesting that virtually all original lowland habitat will have disappeared from these areas by around 2010, unless preventative measures can be implemented effectively. A similar scenario faces all other range states. Major fires in Borneo and Sumatra continue to affect enormous areas of forest while industrial-scale illegal logging is rampant in almost all areas. A secondary threat is imposed by widespread high levels of hunting.

It has been recorded in several protected areas, including Taman Negara (Malaysia), Gunung Palung and Tanjung Puting National Parks (Kalimantan), Gunung Leuser and Bukit Barisan Selatan National Parks (Sumatra).

*Conduct comprehensive surveys to establish its current distribution and status, and gather data on its movements and ecological requirements. *Formulate a management strategy for Sundaic birds largely reliant on lowland forest. *Promote effective management of existing protected areas (including, for this species, maintenance of high fig density) in the Sundaic region and the expansion of the protected-area network. *Lobby for reduced logging of lowland forests throughout its range.

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