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Nicobar Pigeon

Nicobar Pigeon
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 50-60 Puntos (chapter 6), 70-79 Puntos (chapter 2), !!! STOLEN PHOTOS !!! (II), Metallic wonders of nature 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-23 3:47
Viewed: 9108
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Points: 80
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Instead of the traditional white dove of Peace,
I present to you... this amazing bird of many colors.
Just as we marvel at the beauty and diversity of nature,
Let us embrace the beauty and diversity
of all mankind and human cultures.

This photo was taken at the San Diego Zoo.

Caloenas nicobarica


The Nicobar pigeon is one of the most beautiful of the many species of pigeons or doves. Like all pigeons, the Nicobar pigeon is rather thick-set with a relatively small head, but is heavier than most pigeons the same size.

The general coloration is dark green iridescent, with a short white tail. Display plumage of the neck is green with coppery and greenish-blue overtones.

Feathers of the mantle and wing coverts are pointed. The bill is black, the legs are red, and the iris is white in adult females, but brown in sub-adults and males.


This species is found in south-east Asia, particularly on the Nicobar islands to New Guinea, and as far north as the Philippines.


The Nicobar pigeon feeds on the forest floor, and spends a great deal of time on the ground. They move about in flocks during the day and roost together at night. Their vocalization is a cooing sound.

Like all pigeons and doves, these birds do not sip when drinking, but instead they immerse their bill, sucking up water.


The Nicobar pigeon feeds on seeds, berries, and insects.


All pigeons in general follow similar courtship patterns. The males coo loudly, displaying before the females. At a more advanced stage of courtship the movements seem more like a bowing to the female. These displays sometimes go on for days followed by nest building. The male chooses the nesting site and gathers twigs, roots and other materials, which are set in place by the female. These birds are monogamous and tend to mate for life.

There are usually two eggs in each clutch, elliptical in shape and white, with a faint bluish tinge. Male and female share incubating duties for about 2½ weeks after which the chicks are hatched nearly naked. These birds are "altricial," meaning the chicks are almost helpless after hatching and require attentive parental care and feeding.

They are first fed "crop milk" which is a rich fluid the female parent regurgitates for the chicks to take from her bill. The chicks switch gradually to a solid diet of seed and fruit.

The parents keep the chicks as warm as possible, until, after about 10 days, their feathers begin to grow in. In less than a month, the young pigeons can fend for themselves although they stay on in the nest a little longer.


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Amazing softness in this pic.
Excellent details and light.
Bye and Merry Christmas


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-23 3:56]

Hello Manyee,
I'm glad you've posted this beautiful shot of this fabulous Nicobar pigeon. I've got a photo of this from Singapore which I've been tempted to post but it's not near as good as yours.
Excellent sharpness and colours and I like him perched on the stone.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

bravo manee magnifique en plus je savais pas qu un tel oiseau existait

tres joli ce pigeon
ses couleurs sont originales, je ne connaissais pas cela, excellents détails
merci du partage, salutations

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-23 4:51]

Hi Manyee,
You have chosen the best symbol for Christmas. Feathers of this pigeon may represent a Peace Golden Era.
Have a happy holidays!
José M.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-12-23 5:17]

Oh Manyee, it is beautiful, so soft and so colourful. I love those wings, such brilliantr colours. Thank you for sharing,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-12-23 8:47]

Hola Manyee, preciosa esta ave, parece de otro planeta, con su original colorido, bellos tonos. excelente disparo... saludos y muchas felicidades

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-23 9:06]

Una bella imagen Manyee para graficar tus deseos para estas festividades.
Una especie maravillosa, nunca vista antes por mí, con un colorido espectacular y realzado por la agudeza, la iluminación y el excelente fondo logrado.
Mis mejores deseos para estas fiestas que se avecinan... Ricardo

Beautiful image Manyee for illustrate your wishes for these festivities.
A wonderful species, never seen before by me, with a spectacular colors and enhanced by the sharpness, the illumination and the excellent achieved background.
My best wishes for these holidays that approach... Ricardo

Hi Manyee,
Colors of feathers of this nicobar pigeon are amazingly beautiful, and you capture very nice details of them.
Great shot.
Happy New Year 2007 and Have a Great Holidays.

Ben Lakitan

amazing bird, TFS Ori

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-12-23 9:29]

Hello Manyee,
wonderful picture of a very colorful bird with a fantastic light! Very well done.
Happy Holiday

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2006-12-23 10:13]

Hi Manyee,
Excellent shot.
I've never seen this type of bird before.
Beautiful colors on the wing.
POV and sharpness are superb.

bonjour manyee
il a volé les couleurs de l'arc en ciel ce pigeon.
magnifique portrait.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2006-12-23 14:05]

Hello Manyee,
Very nice capture of this beautiful Pigeon, the irridesent are great, all around great portrait.TFS and Happy Holidays

Yes a beautiful species and well captured.
Have a great festive season Manyee, see you here next year

Beautiful bird, Seasons greetings from my family to yours.


Hi Manyee,

A very nice picture of this dove. The colours are just amazing. Very well done.


Very colorful in the plumage, Manyee.
Wish your 07 even more colorful!
TFS and Merry Xmas

Very Striking colors in this fantastic plumage ManYee. Very good DOF, POV, and your flash has exposed the metallic iridescent colors well, with great detail :)
Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas & a happy & prosperous New Year!

Hi Manyee,

Nice capture. what a colors. Great!! Never seen this bird before. Good sharpness and nice low POV.
Well done
Merry Christmas

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-12-24 20:02]

This is a lovely picture Manyee!! :) Wonderful colors, sharp details, good pose and perfect composition. Happy holidays!

We're coming to Cali in May 2007 (and Utah, Arizona & Nevada)!


Manyee, you don't need my compliments, but here they are anyway: my compliments! You put a marvellous collection of shots, wildlife or zoo, insects or heavier stuff on TN. Which ones do I like best? Probably the Monterrey aquarium series. Or no, the egrets. Then again ... I appreciate the precise commentaries to each picture. Thanks!
With my best wishes for the Christmas holidays, Dietrich

Hello Manyee.
We wish you the best for this days and for 2007 too!
This is a very beautiful bird for your holiday greeting, colours and textures are amazing.
Lights and tones are a joy to see. A bit of diffuse "halo" is seen, I guess due to BG postprocess, but it gives a nice atmosphere this time. Best regards, keep well.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-25 9:36]

Hello Manyee

Another unique species well photographed and presented.The details and colours are outstanding.Great POV and excellent DOF.The details are sharp as a tack.The colours are well saturated.This bird glows.TFS.

PT :)


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-25 10:09]

Hello Manyee,
as colorful as any Christmas tree ornament. A lovely bird and a wonderful composition. Excellent POV and great OOF BG.
Merry Christmas and happy New Year.

Salut Manyee
Très belle photo que ce bel oiseau au magnifiques couleurs. Beau cadrage , belle composition les détails sont supers et très joli BG
Merci et au revoir ....JP

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-12-26 3:55]

Hi ManYee

Simply stunning!!! Although I have seen quite a number of photos of this beautiful pigeon, this one is definitively up there at the top of the list competing with some of the greatest.

The posting brilliantly reflects your incredible love and affection for birds. The composition is excellent and it has quality written all over if. The colours are awesome and the details are razor sharp. The darkish OOF and well removed BG is a great aid that enhances the bird and the exposure was absolutely on the button.

Amazing work and TFS.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-12-26 17:25]

Hello Manyee!
All the joy and peace to you!!!

This bird is simply amazing. I have never seen this species before. You have perfectly shown its incredibly coloured plumage with all the details. Excellent note too!
My very thanks for that shot and best greetings,

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-12-27 3:39]

AWESOME SHOT Manyee...Excellent details&good POV!!.

Hello Manyee,
It's amazing how pretty pigeon can look like. His feathers are amazing. I very much like the POV and framing. The light is very good too. The only minor nit would be a halo around bird but that's nothing serious.
Lovely work!

Hello Manyee,
phantastic rainbow coloured iridescence on the wings of this pretty dove - perfectly captured, very carefully presented. There is a beautiful gentle mood in this well composed picture, and subtle but well saturated colours emerging from the dark create some kind of fairy tale atmosphere.
Thank you for this one and all your rich contributions you made to TN in 2006, for your heart warming comments and critiques, Manyee. All the best to you and your family for 2007. Happy New Year!
With best regards,

Hi Manyee,
wow - I've never seen such a beauty before!
A fantastic shot, thanks for sharing, I like it so much.
All the best for you for the New Year 2007, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Wow the most beautifull pigeon I've ever seen amazing colours and top notch technicals very well done excellent portfolio well done happy new yr best rgds Necip.

what a beauty!
real nice with good sharpness
great lightning and fine coulors

Beautiful details on this nicobar pigeon, the iridescence show up very effectivly. Well done Manyee. :)

Great shot of this wonderful bird. The colors and focus are perfect. I have been gone a while and it is good to see your work is wonderful as always, thank you for sharing

Hi Manyee,
Beautiful shot of this fabulous Nicobar pigeon. Excellent sharpness and colours.


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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-03-24 13:11]

hi Manyee; this picture is fantastic. the colour and detail. compotion and DOF. great. very well done.

Hi Manyee,
It´s a marvelous pic about this odd but nice pigeon. I like colours and the good flash use. Good job

Hi Manyee,

Wonderful colors, great shot. TFS

Best Regards

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