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•The Sulu bleeding-heart (Gallicolumba menagei) is a species of bird in the pigeon and dove family.
•It is endemic to the island of Tawi-Tawi and its surrounding islets in the Philippine s' Sulu Archipelago. •The population is assumed to be tiny (fewer than 50 individuals and mature individuals) based on assessment of local reports and area of remaining habitat which concluded that the population must be extremely small and on the verge of extinction. It is reliably known from just two specimens collected in 1891; there have been no confirmed records since and repeated surveys in the 1990s failed to find any direct evidence of the species.
•The Sulu bleeding-heart is considered to be criticallyendangered by the IUCN.In 1994, remaining primary forest on Tawitawi was being rapidly cleared and the areas of forest left were highly degraded and recently logged. In 1996, there were plans to replace even these with oil-palm plantations, but in 2006 some forest tracts reportedly remained. Logging of the few remaining tracts, now confined to rugged, mountainous areas, is on-going. Small-scale logging operations occur on Tandubatu, Dundangan and Baliungan. No forest remains on the island of Jolo where there is an historic, unconfirmed report of the species.
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