Mindoro Imperial Pigeon
Ducula mindorensis

This pigeon qualifies as Vulnerable on account of its small range and population, both of which are declining as a result of the continuing rapid reduction in the extent and quality of forest. It is currently only known from a few localities and is close to qualifying as Endangered. However, it may be under-recorded and prove to be more widespread.


Range Map for Mindoro Imperial-pigeon

Forest destruction and hunting for food (Ducula pigeons are common targets for subsistence hunters throughout the Philippines ) are the most significant threats. In 1988, just 120 km2 of Mindoro remained forested, of which just 25% was closed-canopy. Although it generally occurs above the zone of greatest deforestation, this does not confer security if it periodically depends on fruiting events at lower elevations. Logging and shifting cultivation continue to reduce lower-altitude forests at key sites such as Mt Halcon and San Vicente.

CITES Appendix I. In 1964, the species was removed from the list of game birds, and soon afterwards was afforded legal protection, although actual enforcement of this legislation is ineffectual. A (presumably tiny) population may persist in the predominantly grassland Mt Iglit-Baco National Park. The species featured on a bilingual environmental awareness poster focusing on pigeons produced as part of the in the Philippinesseries in the mid-1990s.

*Conduct surveys (using vocalisations as an aid to detection) in remaining submontane and montane forests on Mindoro , to clarify its current status. *Research its ecology, including determining food sources, tree phenology and seasonal movements. *Propose all remaining forest on Mt Halcon for improved protected status.

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