Negros Fruit Dove
Ptilinopus arcanus

This species is one of the least known birds in the world. It remains known only from the site where it was discovered in 1953 and, despite several recent protracted ornithological visits, it has not been recorded since. It is therefore inferred to have a tiny population, qualifying it as Critical.


Range Map for Negros Fruit-dove

A combination of hunting, which affects all pigeons and fruit-doves on Negros , and habitat destruction are presumably the major threats. Just 4% of Negros remained forested in 1988, and remnant tracts are small, heavily fragmented and under incessant pressure from clearance for agriculture, timber and charcoal-burning.

The only record derives from Mt Canlaon Natural Park, which supports 115 km2 of mainly montane forest. No other conservation measures are known to have been taken other than its depiction in the mid-1990s on a bilingual environmental education poster in the in the Philippinesseries.

*Comprehensively survey all suitable lowland to mid-montane forested habitat on
Negros to determine whether the species is extant. *Conduct surveys for fruit-doves Ptilinopus spp. on Panay . *Carry out, if possible, biochemical analyses on the type-specimen to confirm its taxonomic validity.

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