IUCN threat status:

Vulnerable (VU)

Distribution

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Range Description

Columba pallidiceps occurs in the Bismarck Archipelago, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands. It is known from New Ireland, New Britain, Bougainville, Choiseul, Vella Lavella, Ndai (= Gower), Nggela (= Florida), Ramos, Guadalcanal, Makira (= San Cristobal) and possibly Duke of York and Ugi (=Uki Ni Masi), and may occur on intervening islands. It has undergone a major decline since collections in the 1870s-1930s, and is now rare. Recent records are from New Britain (one collected in the 1960s, singles seen in 1995, 1997 and 2006, the latter in Garu Wildlife Management Area [Gilliard and LeCroy 1967, P. Gregory in litt. 1999, H. Kaestner in litt. 1999, K. D. Bishop in litt. 2006]), New Ireland (one in 1984 [Finch and McKean 1987]), Guadalcanal (one in 1987 [S. Blaber in litt. 1991]) and Makira (several records since 1990 [Buckingham et al. 1995, Richards 1996, R. James in litt. 1999]). Throughout its range, notably on New Britain, many months of searching have failed to record it. On Makira, it is not infrequent around Hauta, but no more than five birds have been seen together (Buckingham et al. 1995, Richards 1996, R. James in litt. 1999). Its unobtrusive habits, infrequent calls and nomadic behaviour may have led to it being under-recorded.

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