Ducula


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Ducula

 

(nutmeg pigeons), a genus of birds of the family Columbidae. The body length is 30-47 cm. The plumage is grayish pink and green, black and gray, or white and black. There are 36 species, distributed on some Pacific islands and in the tropics from India to New Guinea and Australia. Nutmeg pigeons live in the upper levels of the forest, descending only for water. They gather in flocks on fruit-bearing trees and nest on tree branches and, less frequently, in tree hollows or cracks in rocks. A clutch contains a single white egg. Nutmeg pigeons feed on berries and fruits, digesting only the pulp. They are game birds.

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Ducula aenea) Kayan kelekuha' white-breasted Southwell (1990) water hen (amauromis phoenicurus javanicus) Bahau kelevuan bunglon Sombroek (1986) Busang kelekidoe' de pop v.
These were accompanied by meat (especially fish and forest pigeons, Ducula goliath Gray Columbidae), itself periodically replaced with the flesh of one of the fathers and grandfathers.
The skeletal specimens of the Vanuatu endemics Ducula bakeri, Ptilinopus tannensis, Todiramphus farquhari, Neolalage banksiana, Zosterops flavifrons, and Glycifohia notabilis (see Tables 2 and 3 for English common names) are the first in the world's inventories.
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The following species need confirmation: the predominantly montane Mountain Imperial Pigeon Ducula badia, (BS), the feral Zebra Dove Geopelia striata (BS), Jambu Fruit Dove Ptilinopus jambu (BS) and globally near-threatened Large Green Pigeon Treron capellei (Giesen 1987; BS).