IUCN threat status:

Vulnerable (VU)


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Range Description

Geophaps smithii is endemic to Western Australia and Northern Territory, Australia. The nominate subspecies has declined or disappeared from the west, east and south parts of its distribution, over the last 100 years. It is now only found in about half of its former range, in sub-coastal north Northern Territory. G. s. smithi was estimated to number c120,000 mature individuals in 2010 (115,000 in the mainland subpopulation and 5,000 on the Tiwi Islands) (Garnett et al. 2011). Subspecies blaauwi is recorded from remote areas of the west and north-west Kimberley region, northern Western Australia. However, there are few recent records, including from Kalumburu where it was common in the 1970s. G. s. blaauwi was estimated to number 6,000 mature individuals in 2010 (Garnett et al. 2011). Both subspecies are thought to be declining, with rapid declines in relative abundance at several monitored sites (Garnett et al. 2011).


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