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Geotrygon mystacea

Bridled Quail-Dove

  • Order: Columbiformes
  • Family: Columbidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Boal, C. W

Conservation

Conservation status

Bridled Quail-Dove is considered to be uncommon to extremely rare across the islands where they still persist, having experienced predation from introduced mongoose (Herpestes auropunctatus), and loss of habitat due to anthropogenic activities. Detections were so infrequent during surveys of columbids in Puerto Rico or Viques Island that the species was not included in analysis of distribution, abundance (Rivera- Milán 1992, 1995), or nesting density and success (Rivera- Milán 1996). They appear susceptible to hurricanes (Wauer and Wunderle 1992) and were one of the most sensitive species to ash-fall from the Soufriere Hills volcano on Montserrat (Dalsgaard et al. 2007). The species is a conservation priority in Puerto Rico due to lack of data (Garcia-Bermudez et al. 2005), and is considered territorially endangered in the U.S. Virgin Islands (Platenberg et al. 2005). Bridled Quail-Dove is considered scarce and possibly endangered on Saba (Voos and Koelers 1967, Rojer 1997) and very scarce on St. Eustatius (Voos and Koelers 1967); yet, they are considered a species of Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Effects of human activity on populations

The biggest human influence on Bridled Quail-Dove likely has been habitat alteration and loss throughout their distribution, followed closely by the introduction of mongoose (Herpestes auropunctatus), cats, and rats (Rattus) to the islands. Improved management of watersheds and forest lands likely will be beneficial for the species (McNair et al. 2005).

Recommended Citation

Boal, C. W. 2011. Bridled Quail-Dove (Geotrygon mystacea), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal/species/overview?p_p_spp=177941