Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae and Hemiphaga chathamensis
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Superorder: Columbimorphae
Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Subfamily: Raphinae
Tribe: Ptilinopini
Genus: Hemiphaga
Bonaparte, 1854

1-2, see text

Hemiphaga is the genus containing two large species of pigeons from New Zealand. The two are traditionally considered conspecific, but in 2001 it was proposed that H. chathamensis should be considered a separate species instead of a subspecies of H. novaeseelandiae.[1] It is here listed as a species, although few authorities outside New Zealand have followed this.[2][3]



  1. ^ Millener, P. R., and R. G. Powlesland. (2001). The Chatham Pigeon (Parea) deserves full species status; Hemiphaga chathamensis (Rothschild 1891); Aves: Columbidae. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 31:365-383.
  2. ^ Clements, J. (2007). The Clements Checklist of the Birds of the World. Edition 6. Christopher Helm. ISBN 9780713686951
  3. ^ Dickinson, E. (2003). The Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World. Edition 3. Christopher Helm. ISBN 0713665362

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