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White-breasted Ground Dove

Pampusana jobiensis

The White-breasted Ground Dove, also known as the White-bibbed Ground Dove or Purple Ground Dove, bears the scientific name Pampusana jobiensis. This charming bird is a member of the Columbidae family, showcasing a distinctive white breast that contrasts with its otherwise more subdued plumage.

Identification Tips

When attempting to identify this species, look for its characteristic white breast which stands out against its darker feathers. The bird's overall coloration is a blend of earthy tones that provide excellent camouflage against the forest floor.

Habitat

The White-breasted Ground Dove is known to inhabit subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, as well as subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. These environments provide the bird with the necessary cover and resources for its lifestyle.

Distribution

This species can be found across New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago, and the Solomon Islands, where it frequents the lush forested regions.

Conservation Status

The IUCN Red List has classified the White-breasted Ground Dove as Least Concern, indicating that, for now, the species does not face any immediate threat of extinction.

Taxonomy Note

Previously placed in the genus Alopecoenas, the White-breasted Ground Dove's genus was updated to Pampusana in 2019, following a resolution of a nomenclatural issue, ensuring the name reflects the earliest valid description of the group.

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