This species is classified as
Vulnerable on the basis of an estimated small population which is
inferred to be declining through habitat loss and, to a lesser extent,
Lowland forest is being extensively
degraded by logging and for cattle-ranching, and a significant area of
mid-montane forest has been cleared for cultivation, including kava Piper
methysticum, for domestic and export markets4. As
one of the largest edible birds on
, it is a favoured hunting target for hill villagers1.
However, its montane haunts and wary nature serve to lessen the impact
of this threat.
It is protected by law and may be
hunted only between 1 April and 30 June.
*Survey other islands within its
range. *Survey Santo to ascertain its distribution and abundance.
*Determine habitat and altitudinal requirements. *Determine tolerance of
logged forest. *Assess hunting levels and population trends based on
discussions with local hunters. *Advocate creation of forest reserves on
each major island. *Investigate hunting control measures through
community discussion and awareness programmes.
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