Feb 1

We asked conservation organisations around the world to nominate a species that they believe to be overlooked, underappreciated and unloved, and write a profile on why they think that they deserve a fair share of the limelight. Each nominee has its own profile on the Arkive blog with information on the species, who nominated them and why they are so special.

Once you have perused the blogs you can vote for your favourite species to help get them into the top ten and get them the recognition that they truly deserve! Share your favourite with others and tell them why they should vote for them too. Voting closes on February 14th at 23:59 PST (7:59 GMT).

Name of species: Negros bleeding heart

Nominated by: Bristol Zoological Society

Conservation status: Critically Endangered

Why Bristol Zoological Society love the Negros bleeding heart: It’s Valentine’s Day so please show your love for the ‘Bleeding-heart dove’. With the splash of vivid red on their chest, they are the perfect pick for this time of year. Shy, secretive and mysterious to many, the bleeding-heart dove is usually overlooked. However their ‘Love Story’ may sound somewhat familiar to some! Bleeding heart doves mate for life, but only after an elaborate courtship display, involving lots of ‘chasing round’ by the male in order to gain the females attention. If the female is interested, this is then followed by the ‘puffing up’ stage which sees the male inflating his breast, enlarging the vivid red patch! That’s why we love the bleeding heart dove. Sadly their numbers are rapidly declining as a result of extensive habitat loss and hunting so if their ‘love story’ wasn’t enough to get your interest hopefully this news will steal your heart and your vote.

Threats to the Negros bleeding heart’s survival: Extensive habitat loss and hunting is threatening the last remaining population of the Negros bleeding heart.

Information on Bristol Zoological Society’s work with the bleeding heart: Bristol Zoological Society manages a project to survey and monitor the doves in the forest, with a partner organisation called Penagmanakki based in the Philippines. The project helps maintain and protect the forest for the benefit of local people, and involves collecting data to safeguard the future of the endemic flora and fauna in the area.

Find out more about the Bristol Zoological Society’s conservation projects

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