Island bronze-naped pigeon
|Island bronze-naped pigeon|
Verreaux & Verreaux, 1851
The island bronze-naped pigeon (Columba malherbii), also known as the São Tomé bronze-naped pigeon, is a species of bird in the family Columbidae. It is found in the Gulf of Guinea islands of Annobón (rarely Pagalu), Equatorial Guinea and São Tomé and Príncipe. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest. It is part of the subgenus Turturoena. The species of birds was described by Jules and Edouard Verreaux in 1851.
The species has been classified as Near Threatened by the IUCN due to substantial hunting pressure, which may be increasing. While the island bronze-naped pigeon is able to make use of secondary vegetation and somewhat degraded habitats, it also may be captured more easily in such areas than in dense vegetation.
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