New Caledonian Imperial Pigeon
Ducula goliath

Range and population
Ducula goliath is endemic to New Caledonia (to France ). It is a humid forest species, occuring throughout the island, and ranging to 1,500 m. Recent studies have estimated much higher populations than previously surmised, with 1,500-7,000 for Parc Provincial RiviBleue depending on the season1,3,4 and 100,000 for the entire island2. As a nomadic species, it may require large areas of protected forest to survive but there is little threat to humid forest2. Hunting by indigenous Kanaks is in decline2,5 and recreational hunting is presently significant only in a few easily accessible forests. Although the overall population is considered safe, any relaxation of hunting laws would severely impact some populations2.

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