Green-naped pheasant pigeons (Otidiphaps nobilis nobilis)
Green-naped Pheasant pigeons are taxonomically pigeons, but they occupy the niche typically held by Galliformes such as pheasants. Like a pigeon, the Green-naped Pheasant pigeon drinks by dipping its beak into water and sipping. Like a pheasant, it spends most of its time on the ground and flushes straight up when startled. These delicate birds are very hard to breed. Our success began when we realized that they need very high humidity for eggs to be able to hatch. Pandemonium Aviaries now houses the largest number of these birds in captivity in the world.