Green-naped pheasant pigeon in exhibit

Green-naped Pheasant Pigeon

Scientific Name

Otidiphaps nobilis nobilis

Class

Aves

Order

Columbiformes

Range

New Guinea

Habitat

Rainforests

Estimated Wild Population

n/a
Green-naped pheasant pigeon in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern

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Physical Description

Green-naped pheasant pigeons have a blue chest, a green head, an iridescent green-blue ring around their neck, red rings around their pupils, a bright orange beak, and a copper body. They closely resemble pheasants, particularly with their laterally compressed tail and rounded wings. Parents feed regurgitated crop milk to their young, a common practice for most pigeons.

Interesting Fact 1

Green-naped pheasant pigeons lay one egg at a time. Their incubation period takes four weeks.

Interesting Fact 2

They were named for their pheasant-like behavior—living on the rainforest floor, feeding on fallen seeds and fruits, and flushing when startled.

Interesting Fact 3

Since they avoid human settlements, the little that is known about their behavior comes from observations at zoos.

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