Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Pheasant Pigeon (Otidiphaps nobilis) - HBW 4, p. 188

French: Otidiphaps noble German: Fasantaube Spanish: Paloma Faisán
Other common names: Green-collared/Grey-collared Pigeon, Magnificent Ground-pigeon

Taxonomy: Otidiphaps nobilis Gould, 1870, “Probably procured on some one of the islands of the Eastern Archipelago or in New Guinea”.
Affinities uncertain. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • nobilis Gould, 1870 - Batanta and Waigeo, and mountains of W New Guinea (Arfak, Wandamen, Weyland, Snow and mountains on upper R Memberamo).
  • aruensis Rothschild, 1928 - Aru Is.
  • cervicalis E. P. Ramsay, 1880 - mountains of E & SE New Guinea (Saruwaged, Sepik, Kuper).
  • insularis Salvin & Godman, 1883 - Fergusson I (D'Entrecasteaux Is).