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Hill Pigeon

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


[edit] Identification

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.

[edit] Distribution

Central Asia, Tibet and western China

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 2 subspecies[1]:

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

[edit] Habitat

Mountainous rocky areas, cliffs and gorges.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

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

[edit] Breeding

They construct a twiggy platform nest in cliffs or crags.

[edit] References

  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
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2018)

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