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Photo © by martinuk
Zing Chen camp, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, India, July 2005
Columba rupestris


31–35 cm (12¼-13¾ in)

  • Darkish grey head, neck and throat
  • Pale grey upperparts
  • Two black wingbars
  • White tail with a black terminal band.


Central Asia, Tibet and western China



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • C. r. turkestanica:
  • C. r. rupestris:


Mountainous rocky areas, cliffs and gorges.



Their main diet consists of weed seeds, grain and green shoots from crops, leaves and small snails. They forage in small flocks.


They construct a twiggy platform nest in cliffs or crags.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2018)

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