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Pompadour Green Pigeon

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Treron pompadora

Includes Grey-fronted Green-Pigeon

Photo by Steve GLocation:  Tissa Tank,  Sri Lanka
Photo by Steve G
Location: Tissa Tank, Sri Lanka

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Identification

28 centimeters in length. Its head, tail, and underparts are bright green, and its head has a grey crown. The legs are red; the bill is thin and grey. The flight feathers and tail are black. The male has a chestnut back. The female has a green back and no orange breast patch.

Distribution

Southern Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to the Philippines.

Taxonomy

Subspecies[1]

  • T.p.chloropterus Andaman and Nicobar islands
  • T.p.axillaris S Luzon, Polillo, Alabat, Catanduanes, Lubang and Mindoro
  • T.p.canescens E Philippines (Mandate to Cebu, Basilan and Mindanao)
  • T.p.everetti Sulu Archipelago (Bongao, Jolo, Sibutu and Tawitawi)
  • T.p.aromaticus S Moluccas (Buru), Tanahjampea, Kalao and Kalaotoa islands

A Birdforum thread mentions that this species is proposed for splitting with most becoming Grey-fronted Green-Pigeon and Pompadour GP limited to Sri Lanka.

Habitat

Rainforest and similar dense wet woodlands.

Behaviour

It builds a nest of sticks in a tree and lays two white eggs. Its flight is fast and direct.

Diet includes the seeds and fruits of a wide variety of plants.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Birdforum thread mentioning splitting of this species

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