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Macropygia amboinensis

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The Brown Cuckoo-Dove was once called the ‘Pheasant-tailed Pigeon’ because of its long tail, which is sometimes used as a counterbalance or as a support when foraging in the treetops, especially when hanging upside down busting out some acrobatics to reach a distant fruit. How about the headless  dove manoeuvre, great for playing tricks on nearby bird wacthers. The species seldom feeds on the ground, though occasionally takes grit from the forest floor, when it walks with a waddling gait, with its body erect and tail raised slightly so that it is clear of the ground.