IUCN threat status:

Vulnerable (VU)


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Range Description

Ducula brenchleyi is endemic to Guadalcanal, Malaita and Makira (= San Cristobal), including the satellite islands of Ulawa, Ugi (= Uki Ni Masi) and Three Sisters, Solomon Islands. On Guadalcanal, an expedition in 1953 failed to find it (Cain and Galbraith 1956) and there are few recent records (G. Dutson pers. obs. 1997-8, K. D. Bishop in litt. 1999). Hunters at Komarindi report shooting just one of this species for every 20 D. rubricera (van Oosten and Wyant 1999). On the little-studied island of Malaita, it is known from just one specimen and was seen twice in 1990 (Mayr 1931, Lees 1991, P. Scofield in litt. 1999). On Makira, it was recorded as common from coastal to ridge forest in 1953 (Cain and Galbraith 1956). More recent records include single birds and congregations of up to 20 birds around Hauta (Lees 1991, Buckingham et al. 1995, Gibbs 1996, G. Dutson pers. obs. 1997-8, R. James in litt. 1999) . On Ugi and Ulawa, it was recorded as abundant in 1953 (Cain and Galbraith 1956), but there have been no recent records there or on the Three Sisters, and it may be extinct on these small islands (G. Dutson pers. obs. 1997-8).


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