Thick-billed green pigeon

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Thick-billed green pigeon
Thick-billed Green Pigeon (Treron curvirostra).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Genus: Treron
Species: T. curvirostra
Binomial name
Treron curvirostra
(Gmelin, 1789)

The thick-billed green pigeon (Treron curvirostra) is a species of bird in the family Columbidae.

Description[edit]

Rather small-sized pigeon being under 26 cm as compared to other green pigeons. A thick pale greenish bill with red base,broad bluish-Green eye ring,grey crown and maroon mantle diagnostic. Wings have black primary and secondaries with yellow outer edge. Underside green in both sexes. Thighs dark green with whitish scales. Female has greenish undertail coverts with whitish scales. Males have maroon dorsum and dull chestnut undertail coverts.[2][3]

Distribution[edit]

It ranges across the eastern regions of the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, stretching from the Eastern Himalayas to Borneo and Sumatra. There are currently two sub species: T. c. nipalensis and T.c.curvirostra. The latter being restricted to South of Thailand.

Found across Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Tibet and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests.[2][3]

Ecology[edit]

Known to feed on syconia of Figs.[3]

Thick-billed green pigeon male

Various views and plumages[edit]

Khao Yai NP, July 1994

References[edit]

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Treron curvirostra". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Robson, Craig, and Richard Allen. New Holland field guide to the birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers, 2005
  3. ^ a b c http://www.malaysianbirds.com/bird-family/pigeon.htm