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Pigeon, Pheasant
Bird Info
Bird Info
Conservation status
Scientific Name:
Otidiphaps nobilis
Asia, Global, Indonesia, Melanesia, Papua New Guinea Read more
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The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as often fairly common in hilly areas, but locally scarce (Gibbs et al. 2001). ...
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The pheasant pigeon is an unusual pigeon of uncertain affinities within the Columbidae, and is monotypic within the genus Otidiphaps (Gould, 1870), and the subfamily Otidiphabinae. Its scientific name makes reference to its similarities to the bustard family (Otidae). Its common name reflects its adaptation to living on the forest floor in the fashion of a South East Asian pheasant, which it resembles in external morphology, particularly in its laterally compressed tail and the rounded wings. No galliform birds occur in New Guinea, and the pheasant pigeon has filled the ecological niche of a partridge or small pheasant (while the larger Goura crowned pigeons have a lifestyle similar to larger pheasants, grouse or turkeys). It is a highly secretive species, feeding on seeds and fallen fruits. It nests on the ground below trees and bushes, laying one egg that it incubates for around 4 weeks. ...
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