Introduced predators, hunting and habitat degradation are all taking their toll on this pigeon which is undergoing a moderately rapid population reduction as a result. It is classified as Near Threatened.
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Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae and H. chathamensis (del Hoyo et al. 2013) were previously lumped as H. novaeseelandiae following Sibley and Monroe (1990, 1993).
51 cm. Large, plump green and white pigeon. Head, throat, upper breast and upperparts metallic green with purple sheen; clearly demarcated white lower breast, underparts and legs; red bill and feet; Chatham subspecies larger with ashy-grey wash. Similar species None. Hint: Listen for distinctive noisy wingbeats overhead. Voice: call single 'kuu'.
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Text account compilers
Benstead, P., Khwaja, N., Mahood, S., McClellan, R., Taylor, J.
IUCN Red List evaluators
Butchart, S., Symes, A.
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 16/04/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 16/04/2014.
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|Current IUCN Red List category||Near Threatened|
|Family||Columbidae (Doves and pigeons)|
|Species name author||(Gmelin, 1789)|
|Population size||Unknown mature individuals|
|Distribution size (breeding/resident)||208,000 km2|
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