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Choiseul Crested Pigeon

The Choiseul Crested Pigeon, Microgoura meeki) is an allegedly extinct pigeon which was only known on the Solomon island of Choiseul in the Pacific.

This species was one of the most remarkable pigeon species in the world. It had a length of approximately 11.8 inches, which resembles the size of a chicken. On the top of the head was a dark bluish crest similar to the Crowned Pigeons of Papua New Guinea. The forehead and the front of the face are black, the rest of the head sparsely pinnate with a reddish hue. Mantle and breast had a dark bluish color with a brown tinge on the lower back.

The wings and the rump were olive brown. The tail was dark brown with a purple hue. The abdomen had a chestnut colored tone. The upper side of the bill was black, the lower side red. The legs were purplish red. It is unknown if there were differences between the sexes.

Choiseul Crested Pigeon