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Colourful Nicobar Pigeon

Colourful  Nicobar Pigeon
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Copyright: Murray Lines (mlines) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cybershot
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/50 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-20 21:53
Viewed: 5975
Points: 12
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One of the many highly colourful species in the Jurong Bird Park. This bird was very tame and didn't mind being admired from just a couple of feet away from the bird feeder.

The Nicobar Pigeon, Caloenas nicobarica is a pigeon which is a resident breeding bird on small uninhabited islands in Indonesia and the Nicobar Islands. It is the only living member of the genus Caloenas.

A Nicobar Pigeon in the National Zoo shows off its iridescent scapulars to good effect.This is a large, heavy pigeon at 40cm in length. It is mainly metallic green with green and copper hackles on the neck. The head and upper neck, flight feathers and breast are dark grey. The tail is very short and pure white. There is a black knob on the base of the bill, and the strong legs are dark red. This is not a very vocal species, but possesses a low pitched repetitive call.

Females are slightly smaller than males; they have a smaller bill knob, shorter hackles and browner underparts. Immature birds have a black tail.

The Nicobar Pigeon roams in flocks from island to island, including inhabited sites, seeking its food of seeds, fruit and some invertebrates, and is attracted to areas where grain is available; usually, it sleeps on offshore islets where no predators occur and spends the day in areas with better food availability. Its flight is quick, with the regular beats and an occasional sharp flick of the wings which are characteristic of pigeons in general. Peculiarly, groups tend to fly in columns or single file, not in a loose flock as most other pigeons do; the white tail seems to serve as a sort of "taillight" when crossing water at dawn or dusk. These observations are also supported by inexperienced birds, which could lead a group astray, lacking this feature.

This species nests in dense forest, building a stick nest in a tree and laying one elliptical, faintly blue-tinged white egg.

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Caloenas nicobarica

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2007-12-21 2:23]

Hi Murray
Very beatifull a bird, Very natural color and sharp details.
well done.

Hi Murray
Wonderful image
Beautiful colors
tfs jon

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-21 10:52]

Hi Murray.
What a pictorial and colourful shot of the beautiful bird. Great scenery, details and sharpness of the image. I like wide DOF and wonderful BG. My best wishes and TFS. Well done.

A happy Holiday Season to you & your loved ones.

Loved your notes and specially your image of this BEAUTIFUL species.

Never knew it existed. TFS.

Warm regards from the COLD from Mario.

Hi Murray,

The Nicobar Pigeon has beautiful colors, the point of view is showing the details of the feathers and of the colors. It is well located in the photo. Thanks for sharing.


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