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"Samoan Tooth-billed pigeon Didunculus group"Image by Michael Rothman (visit gallery »)
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TitleSamoan Tooth-billed pigeon Didunculus group Contact
»Michael Rothman DescriptionThe image depicts the critically endangered Tooth-billed pigeon (Didunculus strigirostris) endemic to the Western Pacific nation of Samoa. The bird is the closest living phylogenic relative of the famous Dodo, the extinct giant flightless pigeon from Mauritius Island in the Indian Ocean. The extant Tooth-billed pigeon is also known both by its Samoan language name, "Manumea" and informally as the "Little Dodo of Samoa". The source of the latter term becomes evident because, in addition to a close evolutionary relationship to the Dodo, the head and beak of the Samoan pigeon also bear more than just a superficial resemblance to its extinct relative. The painting was created for Samoanbirds.com as part of a conservation effort undertaken to protect the remaining handful of birds in their montane rain forest habitat on the Samoan island of Savaii. KeywordsSamoan Tooth-billed pigeon habitat, Didunculus strigiristris, Little Dodo of Samoa, Dysoxylum huntii, Freycinetia reineckei, Pteropus samoensis, Collospermum, Bulbophyllum samoanum, Antrophyum alatum, Phymatosorus grossus, Asplenium nidus, Bulbophyllum pachyanthum, Samoan orchids, Cyathea sp., tree ferns, Savaii montane forest Media Color Categories Nature, Science Subject(s) Animal, Botanical, Birds, Mammals, Vertebrates, Pharmaceutical, Products, Advertising, Ecosystem, Editorial, Institutional, Landscape