This lovely little dove is endemic to the Galápagos islands, Ecuador. It is not know exactly how many there are on these islands, but it is not thought to be threatened. It does however, suffer from predation by introduced, feral cats. These cats are a real threat to some species on the Galápagos islands and need to be eradicated – otherwise unique species such as these will the threatened in the future.
I am an entomologist with a background in quarantine pests and invasive invertebrates. I studied zoology at Imperial College (University of London) and did a PhD on the population dynamics of a cereal aphid (Metopolophium dirhodum) in the UK. I spent 5 years with the British Antarctic Survey studing cold hardiness of Antarctic invertebates and 17 years with the Food and Environment Research Agency. My main interests now are natural history, photography, painting and bird watching.