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Rediscovery of Black-naped Pheasant Pigeon (1 Viewer)

Steve Lister

Senior Birder, ex County Recorder, Garden Moths.
United Kingdom
How long is it since any birders saw it? The IOC spreadsheet says 'no recent records' but I don't think it will be 140 years. It is the Ferguson Island subspecies of Pheasant Pigeon.
 
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Jacana

Will Jones
Hungary
How long is it sine any birders saw it? The IOC spreadsheet says 'no recent records' but I don't think it will be 140 years. It is the Ferguson Island subspecies of Pheasant Pigeon.
No birders have seen it. Not even the scientists involved saw it in the flesh, they only got camera footage. From what I've heard through the grapevine, even local hunters rarely encounter it, though they know it was still present.

And yes, this is the insularis subspecies. Although I wonder how long it will remain as "just" a subspecies with the renewed interest.
 

jurek

Well-known member
This is New Guinea, where many regions and birds are practically not visited. This bird can be both critically endangered or quite widespread but overlooked.

Is it positively known it occurs only on Fergusson Island and not on neighboring mainland?
 

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