Patagioenas oenops occupies a restricted range in north Peru, principally in the upper Marañón valley (Cajamarca and Amazonas), and regularly at one site in La Libertad2, with one record from Piura. There are also recent sight records in extreme south-east Ecuador3,5. It is generally relatively uncommon, but scarce in heavily populated areas in the north of its range, and relatively common in a comparatively inaccessible area near Balsas (upper río Marañón) in 1975 and 1999, and on the río Comboca, in the south Cordillera de Colán in 19944,7,9. Recent surveys of the Cordillera de Colán, Amazonas, suggest it is tolerant of some forest degradation2, but this threat must be causing a population decline.
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