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Trocaz Pigeon

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(Redirected from Madeira Laurel-pigeon)
Photo by markmMadeira, April 2018
Photo by markm
Madeira, April 2018

Alternative name: Long-Toed Pigeon, Madeira Laurel-pigeon

Columba trocaz


[edit] Identification

38–40 cm (15-15¾ in)

  • Grey overall plumage
  • Pink breast
  • Silvery neck patch
  • Red toes
  • White tail stripe
  • Red bill

Female is smaller than the male but not easily distinguished in the field.

[edit] Distribution


[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Mountain laurel forests, often in the clouds.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

They nest in caves (sometimes trees or amongst the heath); their clutch contains 1 or 2 white eggs. Both sexes incubate the egg and feed the young.

[edit] Diet

The diet consists mostly of fruit, particularly laurel berries, leaves and grain; they also feed on cabbages.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Madeira Birds
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Apr 2018)

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