The Mindoro Imperial Pigeon

Ducula mindorensis

An illustration of the Mindoro Imperial Pigeon as displayed in a journal of ornithology called "Ibis" published in 1896, labeled by its initial name at the time "Carpophaga mindorensis". A photo of this bird has yet to be found.

The Mindoro Imperial Pigeon is a large and colorful bird that can only found on the Philippine island of Mindoro. It has been recorded in forest located 800 meters above sea level on several locations along Mindoro's central mountain range1.

The Mindoro Imperial Pigeon can only be found on the Philippine island of Mindoro.

When it was first recorded in 1896, its recorder John Whitehead was quoted saying "It was only these splendid pigeons that kept me at an elevation of nearly 5,000 feet in the wet season in Mindoro. They were most difficult to obtain, and in nearly four months I only secured five specimens."2

The Mindoro Imperial Pigeon is an endangered species3

The declining numbers of the Mindoro Imperial Pigeon are contributed to forest destruction and hunting. Pigeons of their size are known to be common targets for subsistence hunters all over the Philippines3.

How you can help

The following organizations contribute not only to the conservation of this particular species, but to the diverse range of birds found in the Philippines.

The Wild Bird Club of the Philippines

Established in 2003, The Wild Bird Club of the Philippines is the pioneer bird watching club in the nation dedicated to promoting bird watching as a hobby and as a responsible way of enjoying the Philippines' most coveted natural habitats. The volunteer-led club contributes to the conservation of Philippine endangered birds by promoting bird watching as a healthy and recreational practice, encouraging responsible behavior from local communities and tourists alike, as well as environmentally-responsible policies from local governments and officials.

The Haribon Foundation

Started in 1972, Haribon, named after the Philippine Eagle's name in Filipino for "Bird King", gave birth to the Philippine environmental movement. Eventually coupling itself with international conservation organizations such as BirdLife International and the World Wildlife Fund, Haribon has contributed greatly not only to help establish conservation reserves and parks for Philippine birds and other species domestically, but to publications that put the Philippines on the map internationally in regards to its unique but endangered bird populations.

The Philippine Eagle Foundation

Since 1987 the Philippine Eagle Foundation has been focused on saving the Philippine Eagle and consequently saving hundreds of other species that live within its forest realms in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. With the help of donors and grants, the foundation conducts research, rehabilitation, and captive breeding programs.

Help endangered birds worldwide

BirdLife International is the world's largest partnership of conservation organizations. 117 organizations make up this partnership in over 100 countries across the globe, including the Philippine's own Haribon Foundation. Together, they create bird mascots and flagships to help push for the conservation of endangered birds, consequently conserving the forests they reside and the other wildlife in these areas. By doing so they conserve biodiversity in these areas to improve the quality of people's lives and integrating bird conservation into sustaining people's livelihoods. A symbiotic relationship is then created between people and the environment, as opposed to the "one uses the other" practice that is currently established the world over.

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SOURCES

1. Birdlife species factsheet on the Mindoro Imperial Pigeon.

2. From "Ibis" Vol. 2. 1896. Seventh Series. London. A Quarterly Journal of Ornithology, edited by P. L. Sclater and H. Saunders.

3. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Ducula mindorensis (Mindoro Imperial Pigeon).