Cuculidae

Belongs within: Columbaves.Contains: Cuculinae, Phaenicophaeinae, Centropus. The Cuculidae are the cuckoos and related birds, a family of mostly insectivorous birds with slender bodies, long wings and tails, and zygodactyl feet. Though cuckoos are widely known as brood parasites, most species outside the subfamily Cuculinae raise their own young. The Neomorphinae, ground cuckoos, are a New… Continue reading Cuculidae

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Otididae

Belongs within: Columbaves. The Otididae are the bustards, large birds of open country in Eurasia, Africa and Australia. They are long-necked and -legged birds with broad feet bearing flattened claws and lacking a hind toe. Males of many bustard species are known for their elaborate mating displays. Otididae [Otidae, Otides, Otidides, Otidiformes] |–+–‘Eupodotis’ hartlaubiiJT12 |… Continue reading Otididae

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Columba

Belongs within: Columbidae. Columba is a cosmopolitan genus of medium-sized to large pigeons with a slightly rounded tail that is much shorter than the wings, and feathers with broad and rounded or nearly truncated tips. The native range of the genus covers Eurasia and Africa, with New World species previously included in Columba now recognised… Continue reading Columba

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Cuculus

Belongs within: Cuculinae. Cuculus is a genus of Old World cuckoos with dark grey or black heads and upperparts and usually a barred breast. Many species exhibit a red variant in which grey areas are replaced with a chestnut coloration. The common cuckoo C. canorus is widespread across Eurasia when breeding, migrating southwards to southern… Continue reading Cuculus

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Streptopelia

Belongs within: Columbidae. Streptopelia, the turtledoves, is a genus of pigeons found in Africa and southern Asia. Members of this genus generally have pinkish underparts and a distinctive collar of black or black and white patterning around the nape. The ‘Barbary dove’ is a domesticated derivative of the African collared dove S. risoria. The voice… Continue reading Streptopelia

Columbidae

Belongs within: Columbaves.Contains: Columbigallina, Aplopelia, Leptotila, Zenaida, Geotrygon, Treroninae, Columbina, Macropygia, Patagioenas, Columba, Streptopelia, Stigmatopelia. The Columbidae include the pigeons and doves, a distinctive family of mostly herbivorous, strong-flying birds found worldwide. Earlier authors mostly divided this family between the Treroninae for the palaeotropical fruit pigeons and Columbinae for the remaining ‘true pigeons’, with a few… Continue reading Columbidae

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Treron

Belongs within: Treroninae. Treron, the green pigeons, is a genus of large fruit pigeons found in Africa and Asia whose vernacular name refers to their predominant coloration. <==Treron Vieillot 1816 (see below for synonymy)B94 |–T. sieboldiiJT12 [=Sphenurus sieboldiiT89] `–+–T. vernansJT12 | |–T. v. vernansH03 | |–T. v. griseicapillaRN72 | `–T. v. mesochloaH03 `–+–T. calvusJT12 `–+–T.… Continue reading Treron

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Ptilinopus

Belongs within: Treroninae. Ptilinopus, the fruit doves, is an assemblage of generally compact, short-tailed, brightly coloured doves found in southeast Asia and Australasia. Fruit doves are diverse in appearance and some authors have divided them between separate genera. Phylogenetic analysis also suggests that the cloven-feathered dove Drepanoptila holosericea of New Caledonia and the blue pigeons… Continue reading Ptilinopus

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Ducula aenea

Belongs within: Ducula. Ducula aenea, the green imperial pigeon, is a large canopy-dwelling pigeon found in southern Asia. Characters (from Rutgers & Norris 1972): Sexes alike. Head, neck,breast and abdomen pale vinaceous-grey, almost white on forehead and chin. Mantle, back, wings and tail glossy green washed with coppery-bronze, the primaries dark blue-green. Under tail coverts chestnut.… Continue reading Ducula aenea

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Ducula

Belongs within: Treroninae.Contains: Ducula aenea. Ducula, the imperial pigeons, is a genus of large fruit-eating pigeons found in south-east Asia, tropical Australasia and Oceania. Most species are brightly but softly coloured in such shades as pink, grey or white, often with iridescent greens or blues in such places as the wings and tail. Some species,… Continue reading Ducula

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