Phaps is a genus of bronzewing pigeons in the family Columbidae that are native to Australia.

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Brush bronzewing on nest
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Subfamily: Columbinae
Genus: Phaps
Selby, 1835

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The genus was introduced in 1835 by the English naturalist Prideaux John Selby with the common bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera) as the type species.[1][2] The genus name Phaps is the Ancient Greek word for a pigeon.[3]

The genus contains three species:[4]


  1. ^ Selby, Prideaux John (1835). Pigeons. The Naturalist's Library. Edinburgh: W.H. Lizars. p. 194.
  2. ^ Peters, James Lee, ed. (1937). Check-list of Birds of the World. Volume 3. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. p. 117.
  3. ^ Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 301. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
  4. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David; Rasmussen, Pamela, eds. (2020). "Pigeons". IOC World Bird List Version 10.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 5 March 2020.