Pheasant Pigeon Otidiphaps nobilis

Pheasant Pigeon Green-naped
Pheasant Pigeon
Pheasant Pigeon
The Pheasant Pigeon looks like a small pheasant with its long, chicken legs but is actually a large pigeon -- like pigeons the adults feed crop milk to chicks and both parents incubate/raise young. It comes from New Guinea and adjacent islands where there are no pheasants/partridges so the Pheasant Pigeon, and the larger Crowned Pigeons, have evolved to fill the niche.
Pheasant Pigeon
Pheasant Pigeon  Green-naped
Pheasant Pigeon
There are four subspecies, sometimes treated as separate species. Shown above is the nominate and more common: the Green-naped (although in most lights the nape looks more blue). Others are the White-(below), Grey- and Black-naped.
Pheasant Pigeon
Pheasant Pigeon  Green-naped
Pheasant Pigeon
The scientific name "Otidiphaps" is made up of phaps: like the Bronzewing ground pigeons and otidi from a perceived relationship to Bustards. Oditi would p'haps have been more appropriate.
Pheasant Pigeon  White-naped
Pheasant Pigeon  White-naped
Pheasant Pigeon White-naped
The White-naped subspecies or species, Otidiphaps (nobilis) aruensis, is native to the Aru Islands off New Guinea.
Pheasant Pigeon  White-naped
Pheasant Pigeon  White-naped
Pheasant Pigeon White-naped