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Otisiphaps nobilis nobilis

New Guinea

In actuality, the Green-naped Pheasant Pigeon is pigeon, not a pheasant. This bird earns its name because it lives and scavenges on the forest floor much like a pheasant would. The Green-naped Pheasant Pigeon also looks physically similar to a pheasant apart from its distinct pigeon head. This bird’s tail is a blue-purple color and laterally compact, making it very flat, with rounded chestnut-colored wings. The Green-naped Pheasant Pigeon is known to be a very secretive animal, hiding its nest under trees and bushes.  Both parents care for the egg, the resulting hatchling, and one another during both the incubation and rearing periods.

Habitat: Rain forest
Diet: Fruits, seeds and grains
Status: Least Concern
Approximate Dimensions of Adult: Length: 18 inches
Reproduction & Offspring: One egg laid at a time. 28 day incubation period.


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