Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Andaman Cuckoo-dove (Macropygia rufipennis) - HBW 4, p. 144

French: Phasianelle des Nicobar German: Rotsteißtaube Spanish: Tórtola-cuco de Andamán
Other common names: Nicobar Cuckoo-dove

Taxonomy: Macropygia rufipennis Blyth, 1846, southern Nicobars.
May form superspecies with M. amboinensis, M. phasianella, M. magna, M. tenuirostris and M. emiliana, and all six sometimes considered conspecific; present species shares plumage characters with M. phasianella and M. magna, but also with M. unchall, and has been suggested to have originated from stock of this last species; species limits within group poorly understood, and further study required in order to clarify precise relationships within this whole complex. Proposed races andamanica of Andamans and tiwarii of Great Ni.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Macropygia rufipennis Blyth, 1846, southern Nicobars.
May form superspecies with M. amboinensis, M. phasianella, M. magna, M. tenuirostris and M. emiliana, and all six sometimes considered conspecific; present species shares plumage characters with M. phasianella and M. magna, but also with M. unchall, and has been suggested to have originated from stock of this last species; species limits within group poorly understood, and further study required in order to clarify precise relationships within this whole complex. Proposed races andamanica of Andamans and tiwarii of Great Nicobar not generally recognized. Monotypic.

Distribution: Andaman and Nicobar Is.

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