Madeiran wood pigeon

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Madeiran wood pigeon
Extinct  (1924)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Genus: Columba
C. p. maderensis
Trinomial name
Columba palumbus maderensis
(Tschusi, 1904)

The Madeiran wood pigeon (Columba palumbus maderensis) was a subspecies of the wood pigeon (Columba palumbus) endemic to Madeira (Portugal), and found in the island's Laurel forest habitat.

The Madeiran wood pigeon closely resembled the wood pigeon of mainland Europe, but the plumage was somewhat darker, especially on the upperparts and under wing-coverts. The vinous-pink of the breast was more extensive.

The German ornithologist Ernst Schmitz lived on the island of Madeira by 1896-1906, a time when the Madeiran wood pigeon was already rare. Despite great efforts, Schmitz managed to collect only a few specimens and eggs. In May 1924, no Madeiran wood pigeon was found, nor was any seen in later years, not even by local pigeon hunters. This subspecies is most likely extinct now.[1]

See also


  1. ^ Prins, G. "Columba palumbus maderensis". Zoological Museum Amsterdam. Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 9 August 2010

External links

  • The Sixth Extinction Website
  • Extinction: Madeiran Wood Pigeon UWSP GEOG358 (Heywood)

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