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The Chatham Island pigeon (known as “parea” in the Moriori language) was once widespread on Chatham and Pitt Islands. The decline of the parea has now reached the stage where perhaps less than 40 birds persist in remnant forest areas, mainly in the south of the main Chatham Island. There are recent reports of two or three parea on Pitt Island, and these are possibly survivors of the unsuccessful transfers of 13 birds to South East Island in 1984 and 1985 by the former Wildlife Service. According to the most recent survey data (compiled by Andy Grant, Canterbury Conservancy, from 1988 and 1989 records), most of the remaining parea live in the large blocks of forest in the far south of Chatham Island. The core areas are probably the lower Tuku Valley (7 birds recorded in 1988/89) and the Cascades area (about 15 birds assumed from previous knowledge). Unfortunately, access to the Cascades has not been permitted in recent years.