Victoria Crowned Pigeon
Goura victoria

This species is categorized as Vulnerable given estimates of a small population inferred to be rapidly declining through hunting. It is particularly easy to hunt as it is, or at least it was, tame3 and curious, often gregarious8, and flushed birds are easy to shoot from their low perches2. However, there are few quantitative data and new information may lead to reclassification.


Range Map for Victoria Crowned-pigeon

It is prized by hunters for meat and, to a lesser extent, for its feathers3. Nestlings are also taken to be reared for food4. Around populated areas, it has been hunted to local extirpation or survives only in forests many hours or days walk away from the nearest village1,3,8. It has become extirpated from the vicinity of some transmigration settlements in Papua where it had survived constant hunting from indigenous people8. Lowland forests, particularly on the flat terrain favored by this species, are threatened by logging, and logging roads open up access to hunters5,7,8. Capture for trade may also be significant8.

CITES Appendix II. There is a captive-breeding programme in some zoos8. Education and research programmes are planned in Papua New Guinea8. It is protected by law in Papua New Guinea .

*Survey suitable habitat between Astrolabe Bay and Collingwood Bay . *Determine populations in study areas such as the Wapoga River . *Assess hunting levels through discussion with local hunters. *Investigate population trends through discussion with local hunters. *Ascertain tolerance of logged forest. *Monitor numbers traded. *Establish more wildlife protected areas in lowlands. *Enforce protection in uninhabited reserve areas. *Launch public awareness programmes to reduce hunting. *Utilise as a flagship species in ecotourism ventures.

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