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Archived 2010-2011 topics: Sula Megapode (Megapodius bernsteinii): uplist to Vulnerable or Endangered?

Sula Megapode Megapodius bernsteinii is listed as Near Threatened on the basis that the population was suspected to be declining at a rate approaching 30% over 12 years (three generations), however a high degree of hunting pressure and the observation that most of the lowland forest on Taliabu has been cleared for logging, along with observations that the species has suffered drastic declines on other range islands, suggests that the population is declining at a rate equivalent to more than 30% over 12 years, and perhaps more than 50% over 12 years, making it eligible for at least Vulnerable status under the A criteria. Continue reading

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