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Choiseul Crested Pigeons

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The Choiseul Crested Pigeons (Microgoura meeki) is a presumedly extinct pigeon that was only known on the Solomon Island of Choiseul in the Pacific.



The Choiseul Crested Pigeons this species had a length of approximately 30 cm, which resembles the size of a chicken. On the top of the head was a dark bluish crest similar to the Crowned Pigeons of Papua New Guinea. The forehead and the front of the face were black, and the rest of the head was sparsely pinnate with a reddish hue. The mantle and breast had a dark bluish color with a brown tinch on the lower back. The wings and the rump were olive-brown. The tail was dark brown with a purple hue. The abdomen had a chestnut-colored tone. The upper side of the bill was black, the lower side red. The legs were purplish red.


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