Maroon Pigeon
Columba thomensis


This species qualifies as Vulnerable because it is inferred to have a small population, given the small area of suitable primary forest habitat within its range.


Range Map for Maroon Pigeon


Historically, large areas of forest were cleared for coffee and cocoa plantations. Today, land privatisation is leading to an increase in the number of small farms and the clearance of trees. This does not currently affect primary forest, but may be a threat in the future3. Limited areas of secondary and primary forest, particularly in the north of its range, are threatened by clearance for cultivation, timber and fuelwood-collection. Hunting is a threat, particularly in the most accessible areas of primary forest1. Road developments along the east and west coasts are increasing access to previously remote areas3.


Protection of primary forest as a zona ecologica and a national park has been proposed. A new law providing for the gazetting of protected areas and the protection of threatened species awaits final ratification3.


*Research its ecological requirements and key threats, including levels of hunting, in order to produce conservation recommendations. *Ensure legal protection of all remaining primary forest. *List it as a protected species under national law1.

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