Choiseul Crested Pigeon

choiseul crested pigeon

Described as having a beautiful rising and falling whistling call. From Choiseul, one of the Solomon Islands off the coast of New Guinea. Choiseul had no carnivorous mammals (other than man, who sometimes hunted it for food) before the introduction of feral cats by visitors to the islands; the indigenous population on the island told researchers that the pigeon was wiped out by these cats.   It was apparently very tame and would let local hunters approach it and pick it off its perch by hand.

The last unconfirmed report of a Choiseul Pigeon was in the early 1940s.