Pink Pigeon Nesoenas mayeri


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Bunbury, N. 2006. Parasitic disease in the endangered Mauritian pink pigeon Columba mayeri. PhD Thesis. University of East Anglia, UK.

Bunbury, N.; Jones, C.G.; Greenwood, A.G.; Bell, D.J. 2008. Epidemiology and conservation implications of Trichomonas gallinae infection in the endangered Mauritian Pink Pigeon. Biological Conservation 141(1): 153-161.

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Jones, C.G.; Owadally, A.W. 1988. The life histories and conservation of the Mauritius Kestrel Falco punctatus, Pink Pigeon Columba mayeri and Echo Parakeet Psittacula eques. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences of Mauritius 5: 79-130.

Jones, C.G.; Swinnerton, K.J. 1997. A summary of the conservation status and research for the Mauritius Kestrel Falco punctatus, Pink Pigeon Columba mayeri and Echo Parakeet Psittacula eques. Dodo: Journal of the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust 33: 72-75.

Jones, C.G.; Swinnerton, K.J.; Taylor, C.J.; Mungroo, Y. 1992. The release of captive-bred Pink Pigeons Columba mayeri in native forest on Mauritius. A progress report July 1987 - June 1992. Dodo: Journal of the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust 28: 92-125.

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Raffa, E. 2011. Translocating Pink Pigeons. Mauritian Wildlife Foundation Newsletter: 5.

Reese Lind, C. 1994. Management of the EEP Pink Pigeon Columba (Nesoenas) mayeri population. Dodo: Journal of the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust 30: 106-113.

Safford, R.J.; Jones, C.G. 1998. Strategies for land-bird conservation on Mauritius. Conservation Biology 12: 169-176.

Swinnerton, K. 2001. Ecology and conservation of the Pink Pigeon Columba mayeri on Mauritius. Dodo: Journal of the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust 37: 99.

Swinnerton, K.; Groombridge, J.J.; Jones, C.G.; Burn, R.W.; Mungroo, Y. 2004. Inbreeding depression and founder diversity among captive and free-living populations of the endangered pink pigeon Columba mayeri. Animal Conservation 7(4): 353-364.

Swinnerton, K.J.; Greenwood, A.G.; Chapman, R.E.; Jones, C.G. 2005. The incidence of the parasitic disease trichomoniasis and its treatment in reintroduced and wild Pink Pigeons Columba mayeri. Ibis 147: 772-782.

Tatayah, V. 2013. A seventh safety net to increase the Pink Pigeon population: Releases at Pétrin, Mauritius. BirdLife Africa Newsletter 13(6): 12.

Wolfenden, A.; Jones, C.G.; Tatayah, V.; Züel, N.; de Kort, S.R. 2015. Endangered Pink Pigeons treat calls of the ubiquitous Madagascan turtle dove as conspecific. Animal Behavior 99: 83-88.

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BirdLife International (2022) Species factsheet: Nesoenas mayeri. Downloaded from on 08/08/2022. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2022) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 08/08/2022.