Agree with the proposed change. Our finding of a tolerance for disturbed habitat, combined with a slowing of forest loss on New Britain (mainly driven by a slowing in oil palm expansion) support the recommended downlisting.
Agree with the proposed change. the species can be seen flying through the urban areas of Honiara in mornings – further evidence that it is not a native forest specialist.
No new information on this species have been provided from within the IUCN SSC Pigeon and Dove Specialist Group network and we are therefore supportive towards the proposed reassessment and changes in Red List status.
Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to this discussion. We greatly appreciate the time and effort invested by so many people in commenting. The window for consultation is now closed. We will analyse and interpret the new information and post a preliminary decision on this species’s Red List status on this page in early July.
Thank you once again,
BirdLife Red List Team
Based on available information, our preliminary proposal for the 2021 Red List would be to adopt the proposed classifications outlined in the initial forum discussion.
There is now a period for further comments until the final deadline in mid-July, after which the recommended categorisations will be put forward to IUCN.
The final 2021 Red List categories will be published on the BirdLife and IUCN websites in December 2021, following further checking of information relevant to the assessments by both BirdLife and IUCN.
The following comment has been received from Guy Dutson by email:
• I agree that forest loss caused by clearance for oil palm has slowed
• Although the species is ‘tolerant’ of forest degradation, this tolerance is biased by the increased detectability in degraded forest, and this is based on moderate degradation whereas some recent logging is causing severe degradation (see attachments on logging in Solomon Islands)
• Although we need better data on the species’ tolerance of different degrees of forest degradation, BirdLife’s projection of >10% loss over the next three generations, depending on our risk tolerance, suggests that a population decline of >10% loss over the next three generations is very plausible
Recommended categorisation to be put forward to IUCN
The final categorisation for this species has not changed. Red-knobbed Imperial-pigeon is recommended to be listed as Least Concern.
Many thanks for everyone who contributed to the 2021 GTB Forum process. The final 2021 Red List categories will be published on the BirdLife and IUCN websites in December 2021, following further checking of information relevant to the assessments by both BirdLife and IUCN.
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