Project Tutururu

Caroline Blanvillain

The critically endangered Tutururu, or Society Island Ground dove (Gallicolumba erythroptera) is known to exist only on a few small islets in the Tuamotu island group near Tahiti. The project will search areas of its former range to investigate where populations of the two sub-species may still survive. Whilst mapping the distribution of both sub-species, the team will assess the habitat requirements and level of threat from introduced ground predators leading to a species recovery action plan. Future survival of the species will rely particularly heavily on the support of the local people on these fragile islets and time will be taken to discuss issues with them and expand the aims of the established local action group.

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