Habitat and Ecology
IUCN Red List Assessment
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Proposals have been made to protect the Hiri Valley and to consider captive breeding (Thibault and Varney 1991). Guava trees have recently become established on the island, these may reduce the impact of cattle grazing on the species's habitat and provide a new food source (J. Millet in litt. 2007). Conservation Actions Proposed
Re-survey the population. Study the level of use of P. cattleianum and its impacts on occupancy and population trends. Discuss with the local community the possibility of establishing a protected area in the upland forests - if agreement is reached, fence forest remnants to reduce grazing pressure (SPREP 1999). Reduce goat numbers (SPREP 1999). Exclude fires from upland areas (SPREP 1999). Consider the possibility of translocation to another island to establish a second population (SPREP 1999). Investigate the impact of cats and rats on the species, and take precautions to prevent invasion by black rat Rattus rattus. As a precaution, establish a captive population.
Rapa fruit dove
The Rapa fruit dove (Ptilinopus huttoni) is a species of bird in the Columbidae family. It is endemic to French Polynesia. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. It is threatened by habitat loss. It is one of the fifty rarest birds in the world.
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