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:
Commercial logging has largely ended in Vanuatu and I would guess that traditional hunting is declining as a result of general socio-economic trends but the increasing rural population is likely to be continuing to degrade forest for gardens. However, I would be confident that the rate of decline is lower than the thresholds and reasonably confident that the population is >1000 mature individuals on Santo.
Recommended categorisation to be put forward to IUCN
The final categorisation for this species has not changed. Vanuatu 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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