French: Nicobar à camail German: Kragentaube Spanish: Paloma de Nicobar
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. n. nicobarica
(Linnaeus, 1758) – Andaman and Nicobar Is, Mergui Archipelago, small islands off Malay Peninsula, Cambodia and S Vietnam S through Indonesia and Philippines to islands off New Guinea and Solomon Is.
C. n. pelewensis
Finsch, 1875 – Palau Is.
32–38 cm; male 460–525 g, female 490–600 g. Stocky and dark, with unique long fowl-like hackles on the neck and a very short all-white tail; head and hairy... read more
Often silent, but for occasional harsh guttural croaks or barking sounds, rendered “ku-RRAU”, soft... read more
Occurs only on small wooded (and often uninhabited) islands, typically off larger landmasses with... read more
Food and feeding
The feeding ecology of this species is focused on so-called pigeon islands: small, offshore islands where imperial pigeons flock in... read more
Season apparently prolonged; on Tench I (Bismarck Archipelago), pairs gather to nest in Jun, with some birds remaining on nests until Jan;... read more
Highly nomadic, with recent (Nov 2009) record, apparently pertaining to nominate race, from Pohnpei... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES I. Currently considered Near Threatened. Formerly classed as a threatened species. Colonial nesting habits make species vulnerable to... read more
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