||Ducula finschii (Ramsay, 1882)
||Finsch's Imperial-pigeon, Finsch's Imperial-Pigeon, Growling Imperial Pigeon
||del Hoyo, J., Collar, N.J., Christie, D.A., Elliott, A. and Fishpool, L.D.C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Volume 1: Non-passerines. Lynx Edicions BirdLife International, Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge, UK.
||36cm. Medium-sized pigeon with largely greyish head (male with salmon-pink tint to face and breast). Upperparts vary from bronze-green mantle turning to emerald-green rump and wing coverts and deep bluish-black primaries and tail. Grey-washed breast and rufous underparts. Distinctive tail pattern of pale greyish (female) or whitish (male) subterminal band and narrower green terminal band. Reddish legs and iris with blackish bill. Voice A long deep tremulous vrrrRRRRoooo, falling then rising in pitch, and trailing off in volume. Often preceded by one or two short gruff wra notes.
|Red List Category & Criteria:
||Butchart, S. & Symes, A.
||Wilkinson, R., Beehler, B., Bishop, K.D. & Dutson, G.
||Ekstrom, J., Butchart, S., Mahood, S.
This species is listed as Near Threatened because remote sensing has revealed that a considerable amount of the lowland forest on which this species depends has been converted to oil palm plantation. This deforestation is ongoing and this species is thought to be undergoing a moderately rapid population reduction.
|Previously published Red List assessments:|
- 2012 – Near Threatened (NT)
- 2008 – Near Threatened (NT)
- 2004 – Least Concern (LC)
- 2000 – Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)
- 1994 – Lower Risk/near threatened (LR/nt)
- 1988 – Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)
|Population:||The population is estimated to be in the band 10,000-19,999 mature individuals, equating to 15,000-29,999 individuals in total, rounded here to 15,000-30,000 individuals.|
Trend Justification: Buchanan et al. (2008) calculated the rate of forest loss within the species's range on New Britain as 18% over three generations. It is precautionarily placed in the band for a 20-29% decline, since it may also be subject to hunting.
|Current Population Trend:||Decreasing|
|♦ Number of mature individuals:||10000-19999||♦ Continuing decline of mature individuals:||Yes|
|♦ Extreme fluctuations:||No||♦ Population severely fragmented:||No|
|♦ Continuing decline in subpopulations:||Unknown|
|♦ Extreme fluctuations in subpopulations:||No||♦ All individuals in one subpopulation:||No|