The Chrismas Island Emerald Dove lives on Christmas Island, a territory of Australia in the Indian Ocean. It is nominated as an endangered subspecies. This is a male.
Christmas Island Emerald Dove: (bird) Chalcophaps indica natalis. This subspecies of the Emerald Dove resides on Christmas Island, located in the Indian Ocean off of Australia (its nearest neighbor being Java). Christmas Island was named by Captain William Mynors of the ship the Royal Mary, which was an English East India Company vessel. He named it Christmas Island because he arrived there on Christmas Day in 1643.This Australian territory has been called the "Galapagos Islands" of the Indian Ocean because of its many endemic species. The Christmas Island Emerald Dove lives in both the forested areas of the island and in the inhabited areas. This mostly purplish brown dove is plump with a short tail. It has beautiful iridescent dark green wings. The male has a pale shoulder patch that the female lacks. Nominated as an endangered subspecies, its restricted geographical distribution (Christmas Island), fire ants and cats have contributed to a lessening of numbers.
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