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Pompadour Green Pigeon

Pompadour Green Pigeon
: Animalia
: Chordata
: Aves
: Columbiformes
: Columbidae
: Treron
: pompadora
Binomial name
Treron pompadora
Gmelin, 1758

The Pompadour Green Pigeon (Treron pompadora) is a pigeon which is a widespread resident breeding bird in tropical southern Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to the Philippines. It has a number of subspecies with mostly minor size and plumage differences.

This is a common species in rainforest and similar dense wet woodlands. It builds a stick nest in a tree and lays two white eggs. Its flight is fast and direct, with the regular beats and an occasional sharp flick of the wings which are characteristic of pigeons in general.

Pompadour Green Pigeon is a stocky, medium-sized pigeon, 28cm in length. The head, tail and underparts are bright green, with a grey crown to the head. The legs are red, and the bill is thin and greyish. The flight feathers and tail are blackish.

The male has a chestnut back, usually uniform, but with a green patch in the large Andaman Islands race, and an orange patch on the breast (absent in the Sri lankan form). The female has a bright green back and lacks the orange on the breast.

Pompadour Green Pigeons usually occur singly or in small groups. They eat seeds and fruits of a wide variety of plants.


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