Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Nicobar Pigeon (Caloenas nicobarica) - HBW 4, p. 179

French: Nicobar à camail German: Kragentaube Spanish: Paloma de Nicobar
Other common names: Hackled/White-tailed/Vulturine Pigeon

Taxonomy: Columba nicobarica Linnaeus, 1758, Nicobar Islands.
Distinctive genus of uncertain affinities, perhaps closest to Gallicolumba, with which it may share a common ancestral stock. Larger extinct form, C. canacorum, known from New Caledonia and Tonga. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • nicobarica (Linnaeus, 1758) - Andaman and Nicobar Is, Mergui Archipelago and Con Son Is (off S Vietnam) through Indonesia and Philippines to islands offNew Guinea and Solomon Is.
  • pelewensis Finsch, 1875 - Palau Is.

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