Sri Lanka wood pigeon

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Sri Lanka wood pigeon
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Genus: Columba
C. torringtoniae
Binomial name
Columba torringtoniae
Blyth & Kelaart, 1853

Columba torringtoni

Columba torringtoniae

The Sri Lanka wood pigeon (Columba torringtoniae) is a pigeon which is an endemic resident breeding bird in the mountains of Sri Lanka.

This species nests in damp evergreen woodlands in the central highlands, building a stick nest in a tree and laying a single white egg. Its flight is quick, with the regular beats and an occasional sharp flick of the wings which are characteristic of pigeons in general. Most of its food is vegetable. Normally silent it utters an owl-like hoo call in the breeding season.

The Sri Lanka wood pigeon is 36 cm in length. Its upperparts and tail are dark grey, and the head and underparts are lilac, becoming paler on the belly. There is a black-and-white chessboard pattern on the nape.

This pigeon can be quite easily seen in the woods of the Horton Plains National Park.

In culture[edit]

In Sri Lanka, this bird is known as Manila Goya - මයිලගොයා in Sinhala Language.[2] This wood-pigeon in a 25c Sri Lankan postal stamp.[3]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Columba torringtoniae". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-04-01. Retrieved 2014-10-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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