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NICOBAR PIGEON

Lowry Park Zoo

Tampa, Florida

 

The Nicobar Pigeon also known as the "hackled pigeon," "white-tailed pigeon" or vulturine pigeon" is one of the most beautiful of the pigeon/dove species. They are rather thick set with a relatively small head, but long legs and wings. They are heavier than most pigeons their size. 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 gray with a silvery purplish bloom. The tail of this pigeon is very short with a pure white undercoat. On the base of the bill near the forehead, there is a black knob that is larger in the males. They have a strong, hooked bill and large purplish feet with orange claws. The females are similar, but they are smaller with shorter hackles and browner underparts.

  

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Taken on March 7, 2009