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Magnificent Ground-Pigeon

Otidiphaps nobilis

Did you know?

  • This bird has strong legs, which helps it thrive on the forest floor.
  • Its favorite foods include fallen fruit from trees and seeds.
  • Females nest on the ground and lay a single egg.
  • Both parents care for any chicks.


Because this bird spends most of its time on the ground and is rather pheasant-like in its habits, it is also known as the green-naped pheasant pigeon.

Did You Hear That?

Magnificent ground pigeons' ghostly call is a loud, far-reaching "wu-huwoooaaa" sound that rises and falls in pitch, trailing off at the end.

Threat Level

  • Unknown
  • Common
  • Near Threatened
  • Threatened
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild


The Magnificent Ground-Pigeon is widespread and abundant.


New Guinea and surrounding islands


Hilly country and mountains

We care about magnificent ground pigeon

The Saint Louis Zoo participates in the Species Survival Plan for magnificent ground pigeons. This is a cooperative breeding program, with a number of zoos working together to ensure the survival of the species. We also support them in the Bird House at the Zoo. Learn more about how we are helping wildlife around the world.

Dedicated to Conservation

Find this animal in Historic Hill


Historic Hill

Historic Hill is a lovely stroll through one of the oldest parts of the Saint Louis Zoo. From the 1904 World’s Fair Flight Cage to the Spanish architectural flavor of the 1920s in the Bird House, Primate House and Herpetarium to the finishing touches of our thoroughly modern exhibits, this area of the Zoo has a unique ambiance and a nostalgic history that make it a great destination.

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