Marquesan Ground-dove
Gallicolumba rubescens


This ground-dove is among the least studied of the Polynesian columbids. It qualifies as Endangered because it has an extremely small population and is at risk from the introduction of predators, especially cats, to the two small islands where it continues to survive.


Range Map for Marquesan Ground-dove


Predation by cats has probably caused its disappearance from other islets in the group.


Hatuta`a is a protected area but there is no active management.


*Survey and monitor its population on both islands. *Take measures to ensure that the islands remain cat-free. *Effectively manage Hatuta`a2. *Investigate the possibility of translocation to the nearby island of Mohotani if cats are eradicated from this island4.

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