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Green-naped pheasant pigeon

Otidiphaps nobilis nobilis

Green naped pheasant pigeon

The green-naped pheasant pigeon is found in the rainforests of New Guinea. Although this bird is definitively classified as a pigeon, it gets its name from their pheasant like behaviour. These pigeons live on the forest floor and eat fruit and seeds that have fallen to the ground. When startled or frightened, the bird shoots noisily up into the air.

There are four different sub-species of pheasant pigeons, which can be identified by the colour of the nape. Belfast Zoo’s rainforest house is home to the green-naped pheasant pigeon.

Forest and mountainous

Diet - Herbivore
Green-naped pheasant pigeons eat seeds and fallen fruit.

The body length can be up to 50 centimetres and the weight is approximately 500 grams.

This bird dwells on the forest floors in hilly areas of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

Conservation status
The IUCN does not believe the green-naped pheasant pigeon to be in any danger of extinction.

Habitat destruction, in the form of deforestation, is the biggest threat to this species of pigeon.

Current population
The current population of green-naped pheasant pigeons is unknown. However, populations of green-naped pheasant pigeons are, in general decreasing.

Zoo population
There are over 85 green-naped pheasant pigeons in zoos around the world.