Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Genus: Caloenas
Species: C. nicobarica

The Nicobar pigeon is one of the most beautiful of the many species of pigeons or doves.
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 the call is a coo-coo-coo.

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

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