Ducula finschii


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Ducula finschii
Species Authority: (Ramsay, 1882)
Common Name(s):
English Finsch's Imperial-pigeon, Finsch's Imperial-Pigeon, Growling Imperial Pigeon

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Butchart, S. & Symes, A.
Contributor(s): Dutson, G., Bishop, K., Wilkinson, R. & Beehler, B.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): 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.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Ducula finschii is endemic to the islands of New Britain, New Ireland, New Hanover, Lavongai, Umboi and Watom in the Bismarck Archipelago Papua New Guinea where although it has been considered very scarce, it is rather poorly known, it appears to be widely distributed and not uncommon in suitable habitat, i.e. old-growth forest in hills. It is suspected to have declined rapidly in recent years owing to ongoing clearance of lowland forest (Buchanan et al. 2008).

Papua New Guinea
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Population [top]

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.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It inhabits old-growth lowland and hill forest up to 1,500 m, especially between 200-900 m. It has been observed in partially logged areas but its tolerance of habitat degradation is poorly known.

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): On New Britain, lowland forest clearance for conversion to oil palm plantations has been intense in recent decades and the island accounts for approximately half of Papua New Guinea's timber exports (Buchanan et al. 2008). On that island nearly 20% of habitat suitable for this species has been cleared in the last 10 years and this trend is ongoing (Buchanan et al. 2008). This situation is likely to be similar on other islands in the region. It may also be subject to hunting, although this is unconfirmed.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
None is known.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Identify and effectively protect a network of reserves, including some containing large areas of unlogged lowland forest and some large community based conservation areas. Continue to monitor trends in forest loss. Research its tolerance of degraded forest. Research the extent (if any) and affect of hunting on populations. Monitor populations in a number of primary forest and degraded forest sites on the islands.

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Ducula finschii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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