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White-naped pigeon (Columba albinucha)
White-naped pigeon fact file
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White-naped pigeon description
The white-naped pigeon’s most distinguishing feature is the bright, white patch that extends from the back of the head, above the eye, to the nape of the neck. The rest of the plumage is mostly slate-grey, with exception of the mantle, which is dark purple with grey fringes, and the tail feathers, which are a whitish-grey. The eyes are yellow and surrounded by an orange-red outer ring, while the bill is yellow, becoming purplish-black towards the base. The juvenile’s plumage is mostly dark brown on the body with reddish-brown fringes on the mantle and breast, and grey on the head and tail (2).
- Pigeon à nuque blanche.
- Length: 34 cm (2)
White-naped pigeon biology
Little is currently known about the biology of the white-naped pigeon. Observations in the field have reported that it generally occupies the mid to upper levels of the forest, rarely descending to ground level, and feeds on berries and fruit. Records of its reproductive biology are limited to a single bird found in breeding condition during February, and a nest with one white egg located in vegetation, which had regrown after forest clearance (2).Top
White-naped pigeon range
The white-naped pigeon has a patchy range; it is mainly found in north-eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo, with a few recorded sightings in western Uganda and southern Sudan. It is also found in Cameroon, with sightings clustered around the mountainous regions to the west (3).Top
White-naped pigeon habitat
The white-naped pigeon occupies dense lowland forest, as well as forested mountain slopes up to elevations of 1,800 metres (2).Top
White-naped pigeon status
Classified as Near Threatened (NT) on the IUCN Red List (1).Top
White-naped pigeon threats
Forest clearance for agriculture and logging are ongoing problems in all parts of the white-naped pigeon’s range. Despite the protected status of some areas, poor enforcement of regulations and political turmoil mean that the forests in these areas continue to be degraded and destroyed (4) (5). Although the white-naped pigeon is currently locally common in some areas, its fragmented distribution and restricted range make it highly vulnerable to habitat loss and, in the absence of effective conservation measures, it may undergo a rapid decline (2) (3).Top
White-naped pigeon conservation
There are currently no conservation measures in place for the white-naped pigeon (2). A number of protected areas currently exist in the Democratic Republic of Congo and many more have been proposed, but due to poverty and continued conflict, maintaining protection of these sites is proving challenging (5). The Wildlife Conservation Society is working with local communities to try to develop sustainable ways of preserving the forests and their wildlife, while maintaining the people’s livelihoods (6).Top
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To learn more about how the Wildlife Conservation Society is helping to conserve wildlife in the Democratic Republic of Congo visit:
Wildlife Conservation Society:
For more information on this and other bird species please see:
- BirdLife International:
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- In birds, the wings, shoulder feathers and back, when coloured differently from the rest of the body.
IUCN Red List (November, 2008)
- del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A. and Sargatal, J. (1997) Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 4: Sandgrouse to Cuckoos. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
BirdLife International (November, 2008)
BirdLife International (November, 2008)
Mongabay (November, 2008)
Wildlife Conservation Society (September, 2010)
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