Christmas Imperial Pigeon

Information about the Bird Christmas Imperial Pigeon

The Christmas imperial pigeon, (Ducula whartoni), is a large (39cm in length, 450-700 g in weight) pigeon, mainly dark grey in colour with an iridescent sheen.

The species is endemic to Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean. It inhabits rainforest and secondary growth with fruiting trees.
Fruit from forest trees with occasional buds and leaves.
It builds a platform nest of twigs high in a forest tree.
It utters a deep booming call.
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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