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Tuxtla Quail-Dove Zentrygon carrikeri



Conservation Status

The IUCN Red List status for Tuxtla Quail-Dove is Endangered (BirdLife International 2015) due to its small population (250-999 mature individuals) and small range (130 km2) and the threats it faces. It is considered Endangered under Mexican law (NOM-059 SEMARNAT 2010). This is also a species of high tri-national concern (Mexico-U.S.-Canada) to Partners in Flight (Berlanga et al. 2010), as a species at greatest risk of extinction. Based on determinations of habitat loss, Berlanga et al. (2010) estimated that at least 50% of its population has been lost in Mexico during the last century. This Mexican endemic occurs in two protected areas: Santa Marta Biosphere Reserve and Los Tuxtlas Biological Station (BirdLife International 2015).

Effects of human activity on populations

Tuxtla Quail-Dove faces heightened risk because of its specialization on threatened tropical evergreen forest habitats. The primary threat to this species is loss of this habitat due to unsustainable logging, wood harvesting, clearing for agriculture, and livestock grazing. It also faces future threats from climate change.

Recommended Citation

Tuxtla Quail-Dove (Zentrygon carrikeri), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: