Pink Pigeon
Columba mayeri


The population of this species has successfully been maintained at over 50 mature individuals since 1993, but over 250 only since 1996. It is therefore downlisted from Critical to Endangered, but not yet to Vulnerable. However, it seems doubtful that present populations could be maintained without the current intense management programme and, were management to cease, this species would stand a high risk of extinction. It still has an extremely small population, concentrated in just a few locations, and remains threatened by a continuing decline in the quality of suitable habitat.


Range Map for Pink Pigeon


Severe loss of habitat has been compounded by predation of nests and adults by introduced M. fascicularis, mongoose Herpestes auropunctatus, rats and feral cats5,8. Cyclones destroy nests and accelerate habitat degradation4. Disease and late-winter food shortages are also threats3.


A captive-breeding and reintroduction programme, combined with establishment of Conservation Management Areas, habitat restoration, control of exotic predators, supplementary feeding, nest guarding, clutch and brood (fostering) manipulations, rescue of eggs and young from failing nests, control of disease and monitoring of survival and productivity, has helped this species survive4. The Black River National Park covers much of its range8. Research is ongoing into genetic variation so that the effects of the population bottleneck can be quantified and populations managed to preserve genetic diversity3.


*Continue research into population genetics and disease4. *Continue rehabilitation of mainland native vegetation7. *Extend Conservation Management Areas and surrounding predator-proof fences4. *Consider introduction to other Mauritian islets (and Rif ecosystem rehabilitation and predator elimination are successful7.

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