The Choiseul pigeon (Microgoura meeki) is an extinct species that was
endemic to the island of Choiseul in the Solomon Islands. Its closest
living relative is believed to be the thick-billed ground pigeon, and
some authors have suggested that the Choiseul pigeon may be a link
between that species and the crowned pigeons. The adult pigeon was
largely blue-grey, with an orange belly and a distinctive slate-blue
crest. The bird's head sported a blue frontal shield surrounded by black
feathers and a bicoloured beak. It was described as having a beautiful
rising and falling whistling call. It is believed to have been a
terrestrial species that laid a single egg in an unlined depression in
the ground. It roosted in pairs or small groups of three or four in
small shrubs and was reportedly very tame, allowing hunters to pick it
up off its roost. The indigenous peoples reported that the species was
driven to extinction by feral cats, as the pigeon had never previously
confronted a carnivorous mammal on Choiseul. The last unconfirmed report
of a Choiseul pigeon was in the early 1940s.
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