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Range DescriptionGallicolumba canifrons is endemic to Palau where it is found in dense forest on all the major islands from Babeldaob (very rare) to Angaur, and on many of the small limestone islands south of Koror known as the Rock Islands (where it is more common) (Engbring 1988). It is difficult to locate because of its secretive habits, sparse vocalisations (H. D. Pratt in litt. 1999) and inaccessible habitat and, during a survey in 1991, too few were counted to record a meaningful population estimate, although it was thought there were approximately 500 individuals present on the Rock Islands (Engbring 1992). However, although it is scarce through much of its range, the Rock Islands are not faced with imminent development, nor is the species hunted and numbers may be stable (Engbring 1992).