Macropygia is a genus of bird in the pigeon and dove family Columbidae. The genus is one of three genera known as cuckoo-doves. They are long tailed, range between 27–45 cm in length and have brown plumage. The genus ranges from India and China through Indonesia and the Philippines to Vanuatu and Australia.

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Slender-billed cuckoo-dove, New Guinea.
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Subfamily: Columbinae
Genus: Macropygia
Swainson, 1837

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The genus Macropygia was introduced in 1837 by the English naturalist William John Swainson.[1] The name combines the Ancient Greek makros meaning "long" or "deep" and "-pugios" meaning "-rumped").[2] The type species is the brown cuckoo-dove (Macropygia phasianella).[3]

The genus contains the following 15 species:[4]

Extinct species:


  1. ^ Swainson, William John (1837). On the Natural History and Classification of Birds. Volume 2. London: John Taylor. pp. 348–349.
  2. ^ Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 236. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
  3. ^ Schodde, R.; Mason, I.J. (1997). Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Aves (Columbidae to Coraciidae). Volume 37.2. CSIRO publishing. p. 23. ISBN 978-0-643-06037-1.
  4. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David; Rasmussen, Pamela, eds. (2020). "Pigeons". IOC World Bird List Version 10.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 11 March 2020.