Bird of the Week, April 29, 2011
Grenada Dove


Grenada Dove by Greg Homel

 

Endemic to the Caribbean island nation of Grenada, the Grenada Dove is the country’s national bird, and one of the most critically endangered in all the Caribbean. It is restricted to patches of seasonal dry woodlands in the west and southwest of the island, with a population as low as 136 individuals.

 

The primary threat to the dove is loss of habitat as a result of tourism, housing developments, quarrying activities, and fire. Additional tourism development is planned for the Mt. Hartman Estate, one of the bird’s last stronghold locations.

 

Access to water, especially during the dry season, could also be a limiting factor for the species. ABC is funding a research project with the Grenada Dove Conservation Programme to identify key sites that can then be protected.

 

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Photo: Grenada Dove by Greg Homel; Range Map: ABC