The little Dodo Didunculus toothed pigeon

The little Dodo Didunculus toothed pigeon

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Credit: PAUL D STEWART/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Samoan Tooth Billed Pigeon Didunculus strigirostris. Antique Folio Lithograph Published 1844-49, London for "The Genera of Birds." by George Edward Gray. Illustrated by David William Mitchell and Joseph Wolf. Printed by Hullmandel. Fine hand colour as issued. The critically endangered tooth-billed pigeons are the only living members of the genus (Didunculus) of the subfamily Didunculinae, in the pigeon and dove family, (Columbidae). It has no close living relatives, but it has been shown to be genetically close to the dodo and the genus name Didunculus means "little dodo". It is also critically endangered in Samoa where it is endemic. Threats are broadly the same as those once faced by the dodo. There are few modern pictures or sightings of the bird which is locally called Manumea.

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Keywords: critically, didunculus, dodo, edward, endangered, extinct, george, gray, ornithologist, rare, relative, strigirostris

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