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Pigeon, Nicobar
Bird Info
Bird Info
Conservation status
Scientific Name:
Caloenas nicobarica
Asia, Brunei, Cambodia, Global, India, IndoChina, Indonesia, Malaysia, Melanesia, Micronesia, Myanmar, PakistanIndiaBanghladesh, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Vietnam Read more
Related Reading
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as generally scarce to rare, although locally commoner on smaller islets (Gibbs et al. 2001). ...
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Based on cladistic analysis of mtDNA cytochrome b and 12S rRNA sequences, the Nicobar Pigeon is sometimes called the closest living relative of the extinct didines (Raphinae), which include the famous Dodo (Raphus cucullatus). But the original study only yielded this result as just one possibility of several even from a rather limited sample of taxa, and not with a very high confidence either. In any case, nDNA β-fibrinogen intron 7 sequence data agrees with the idea of the Raphinae as a subfamily of pigeons (and not an independent family, as was previously believed due to their bizarre apomorphies) that was part of a diverse Indopacific radiation, to which the Nicobar Pigeon also belongs.[ 2] ...
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