Borin Wood Pigeon

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image: borinwoodpigeon.jpg Common Name: Bonin Wood Pigeon

Scientific Name: Columba versicolor

Size: 17 1/2 -18 inches (45 cm)

Habitat: Japan. Endemic to Nakodo-jima and Chichi-jima in the Ogasawara Islands off the coast of Japan. Lived in conifer forests.

Status: Extinct. Global Population: 0. Its extinction was caused by deforestation, hunting and predation by introduced rats and cats. The last known specimen of a Bonin Wood-pigeon was taken in 1889.

Diet: Fruits, seeds and buds.

Nesting: Unknown

Cool Facts: The Bonin wood-pigeon is recorded from just two islands in the Ogasawara Group-Peel Island, where it was discovered by naturalists travelling with Captain Beechey on the Blossom in 1827, and Nakondo-shima, where the last specimen was taken in 1889. Friedrich von Kittlitz also collected it on Peel in 1828. The last animal seen was a male obtained by a Mr Holst, who was collecting for the British ornithologist Henry Seebohm. It was a large and beautiful pigeon, and may have always been rather uncommon. Almost nothing is known of its natural history, although Errol Fuller, a researcher on obscure and extinct birds, considers that it fed on fruits, seeds and buds. Three specimens exist, in museums in Russia, Germany and Britain.

Found in Songbird ReMix Threatened Endangered Extinct 2

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