Spice Imperial-Pigeon / Ducula myristicivora

Spice Imperial-Pigeon / Ducula myristicivora

Spice Imperial-Pigeon

SCI Name:  Ducula myristicivora
Protonym:  Columba myristicivora Del.Flor.Faun.Insubr. 2 p.94
Category:  Columbiformes / Columbidae /
Taxonomy Code:  spipig1
Type Locality:  New Guinea, ex Sonnerat, pi. 103.
Author:  
Publish Year:  1786
IUCN Status:  

DEFINITIONS

DUCULA
(Columbidae; Ϯ Mountain Imperial Pigeon D. badia insignis) Nepalese name Dukul for the imperial pigeons (cf. Hindi names Dunkul and Doomkul); "Genus or Sub-genus — DUCULA nobis. — DUKUL OF THE NIPALESE (genericé)    Character of the genus:—bill equal to the head, straight, cylindric, very feeble; both mandibles membranous for three-fourths from the gape; tip of the upper mandible gently inclined—of the lower, strongly compressed; nares broad, linear, obliquely transverse, central; their groove faint; their tect subtumid.  Wings short, not rounded, 3, 4, 5 quills sub-equal and longest; central primaries with their tips wavily truncated.  Tail 14, long, strong and square; tarsi very low, and plumed nearly to the toes laterally, less in front; toes depressed with broad flat soles; lateral fores sub-equal, hind large; nails strong, arched and acuminated; central and hind equal, lateral fores equal, less; orbits nude; plumage simple.  The above is a tedious charcater, but it is a distinct one. Those who love more summary proceedings may perhaps approve the following: "Bill and wings as in Goura; legs and feet as in Vinago."  ...  Lastly, though Ducula, like Vinago, be exclusively arboreal and fruit-eating; the latter is eminently gregarious—the former, almost a solitary.   Species new. DUCULA INSIGNIS. Great Ducula, nobis." (Hodgson 1836); "Ducula Hodgson, As. Res., 19, 1836, p. 160. Type, by monotypy, Ducula insignis Hodgson." (Peters, 1937, III, p. 42).   
Synon. Carpophaga, Carpophagella, Compsoenas, Globicera, Lamprura, Muscadivora, Muscadivores, Myriphaga, Myristicivora, Phaenorhina, Pterocolpa, Ptilocolpa, Rinopus, Serresius, Zonoenas, Zonophaps.

myristicivora
Botanical genus Myristica Gronovius, 1755, nutmeg  < Gr. μυριστικος muristikos  fragrant; L. -vorus  eating  < vorare  to devour; ex “Ramier cuivré mangeur de muscade” of Sonnerat 1776 (Ducula).

Myristicivora
(syn. Ducula Ϯ Pied Imperial Pigeon D. bicolor) Botanical genus Myristica Gronovius, 1755, nutmeg  < Gr. μυριστικος muristikos  fragrant; L. -vorus  -eating  < vorare  to devour (cf. specific name Columba myristicivora Scopoli, 1786); "β. *Myristicivora Rchb. littoralis (Col. —T.) R.  Ic. Av. t. 229. ic. 1278—79 et 1276—77 et 1280—82." (Reichenbach 1852).  Var. Myristivora.

SUBSPECIES

Spice Imperial-Pigeon (Pink-naped)
SCI Name: Ducula myristicivora myristicivora
myristicivora
Botanical genus Myristica Gronovius, 1755, nutmeg  < Gr. μυριστικος muristikos  fragrant; L. -vorus  eating  < vorare  to devour; ex “Ramier cuivré mangeur de muscade” of Sonnerat 1776 (Ducula).

Spice Imperial-Pigeon (Gray-naped)
SCI Name: Ducula myristicivora geelvinkiana
geelvinkiana / geelvinkianum / geelvinkianus
Geelvink Bay, New Guinea (Dutch East India Company exploring vessel Geelvink, in Australasian waters 1696-1697).