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Closest living relative to the Dodo

Closest living relative to the Dodo
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Minolta Dimage Z1
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Emerald Casino Resort Animal Park
Theme(s): Doves and Pigeons [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-23 6:00
Viewed: 6508
Points: 28
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Nicobar Pigeon (Caloenas nicobarica)

Its also known as the "hackled pigeon," "white-tailed pigeon" or vulture pigeon" is one of the most beautiful of the pigeon/dove species. They are heavier than most pigeons there size, they can be up to 32-35cm, the male being 460-525g and the female 490-600g. The pigeon is stocky and dark; it is metallic green with coppery reflections with unique long fowl like hackles on the neck. The head, upper neck flight feathers and breast are dark slate blackish grey with a silvery purplish bloom. The females are similar, but they are smaller with shorter hackles and browner under parts.

The Nicobar is nomadic; they commute from island to island in flocks up to 85 birds at a height of 60m or more during the day to find food (hard seeds, fruits, insects, and corn). They feed off of the ground, tosses leaves aside and dig with their bill. These pigeons roost together at night on islands that are not inhabited. The Nicobar is usually silent, but their vocalization is a deep cooing sound. The breeding season for these pigeons seemed to be prolonged, but these birds are monogamous and tend to mate for a life time. It seems as if the male bows to the female and coos loudly, this action can go on for days.

Special anatomical, physiological or behavioural adaptations
* This muscular gizzard enables them to grind large hard nuts that a human could only open with a hammer.
* They commute to safe localities in large flocks between their foraging and breeding islands (only breed on islands that are not inhabited).
* They make a sound like pigs grunting when threatening others.
* They also immerse their bill to suck up the water instead of sipping.
* Researchers at the University of Oxford, UK, have taken samples from a preserved specimen Dodo. Their analysis shows the dodo to be close relative, with its nearest living relative the Nicobar pigeon.

For details on the venue please see the traveloque.

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To Callie: A tuff nut to crack...gerhardt 1 08-23 13:28
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it's really a beauty, Gerhard,
Very good capture of this good colours bird, good composition, good note, also very good job.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-08-23 7:14]

Encore un bel oiseau bien photographié ! Les belles couleurs de ce volatile sont bien rendues !
Well done !

A beauty Gerhard
Very colorful, good composition and good note
Very well done.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-08-23 9:14]

Bellos colores... excelentemente retratados Gerhard.
Buena perspectiva y profundidad.
buen disparo.

Beautiful colors... excellently portrayed Gerhard.
Good perspective and depth.
Nice shot.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-08-23 9:22]

A very nice shot.
Excellent colours and composition.
An informative and detailed note,very well done.

Hi dear Gerhard1
Glad to see you again:)

I'm wondering about details & colors,very well captured,with a fine DOF & very well composed her,nice work,and great note,too,I like it,You did very fine.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-08-23 12:18]

I would like to have one of these guys handy nexxt time I'm cracking (Crushing)nuts. Regarding the image - I enjou the crop and your colors are lifelike. The DOF is Excellent

Splendid photo, very sharp and well chosen angle. The colours of the pigeon are flaring.

Well done

A totally new one, very nice everything, thanks for posting. Do you talk of Mautitius or Seychelles? How endangered are they? Thge irridescence on the plumage is beautiful.

Wow, this is really one pigeon I would have to call beautiful. Beautiful color hues on the plumage that is rendered in perfectly crisp detail. Nice posing on the diagonal log, very good shot Gerhard.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-23 15:42]

Great shot Gerhard. The colours are very good. I liek the composition. As usual your excellent notes have tatught me something. Thanks for putting in the effort it is appreciated.

Cracking image and one of the best sets of notes to date.

Lovely colors and good exposure. I wonder if the Dodo had so much color. BTW, the small catch light in eye gives the feeling of life. Nice the way you got him sort of looking at you.

interesting, never knew about this bird, TFS Ori

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