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Christmas Imperial Pigeon
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Information
Range Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Columbiformes
Family Columbidae
Genus Ducula
Species Ducula whartoni
Conservation Status
NTSpecies
Near Threatened

The Christmas imperial pigeon (Ducula whartoni), is a species of large (39 cm in length, 450-700 g in weight) pigeon in the Columbidae family. Its mainly dark grey in color with an iridescent sheen.

Distribution and Habitat

The species is endemic to Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean. It inhabits rainforest and secondary growth with fruiting trees.

Behavior

Diet

Fruit from forest trees with occasional buds and leaves.

Breeding

It builds a platform nest of twigs high in a forest tree.

Voice

It utters a deep booming call.

Conservation

The Christmas imperial pigeon was classified as "vulnerable" because of its small population and restricted distribution until 2012, when it was downgraded to "near threatened". Threats include illegal hunting and predation by introduced yellow crazy ants (Anoplolepis gracilipes).

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