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Photo by Vipul Ramanuj
Rajasthan, India, January 2016

Alternative name: Pale-backed Pigeon

Columba eversmanni

Identification

Photo by Rajsurin
Rajasthan, India, January 2018

25–31 cm (9¾-12 in)

  • Mainly bluish-grey overall plumage
  • Pinkish crown and breast
  • Whitish underwing-coverts, lower back and upper rump
  • Yellow eyes and eye-ring

Distribution

Middle East and Asia: found from north-eastern Iran to Siberia, north-western India and extreme western China.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Habitat

Steppe and nearby lowlands, deserts. Open, semi arid, sparsely wooded habitats in the mountains.

Behaviour

Usually found in flocks.

Diet

They forage on the ground for seeds, grain and other cereals.

Breeding

They nest in cracks in cliffs and in roller burrows.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. birdbase.hokkaido
  3. BirdLife International
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Jan 2018)
  5. Wikipedia

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