Monday, 11 July 2011

Pompadour Green Pigeon

The Pompadour Green Pigeon (Treron pompadora) is a species of forest dwelling pigeons. This species has at least 5 sub-species.

Pompadour Green Pigeon

The head is greenish-yellow with a grey patch on the forehead. The back and the wings have a maroon chestnut colour. In the females this maroon mantle is replaced by greenish  grey.

Pompadour Green Pigeon

The wings also have a distinct yellow edging. The legs may be red in some species. It is the sub-species axillaris which have the greyish legs pictured here. The iris is a dark reddish , the beak whitish-grey with a greenish or bluish tinge.

Pompadour Green Pigeon

They are usually seen single or in small groups, usually in the forests. They almost never descend onto the ground and are mostly seen in the branches of trees.

Pompadour Green PigeonPompadour Green Pigeon

They are frugivorous and are quite quarrelsome when feeding together as a group. Wild figs are especially favoured. They are very wary of humans except when feeding. The call is a soft whistle as they clamber among the branches:

They have a very fast and strong flight.

Pompadour Green Pigeon

It breeds between March to June, sometimes extending into August. The nest is a platform of twigs, placed in bushes or small trees. Only 1-2 eggs are laid. Both  sexes share all duties.

Pompadour Green Pigeon

  Sighting Information:
Location: Gudalur
Date: 29th May 2011
Time: Morning; 7:15 AM
Weather: Overcast morning after overnight rains
Other Details: Seen sitting solitary on the topmost branches of a tall tree at a distance of approx 50 m from us. Appeared undisturbed by humans. A similar spotting 1 hr later in another location.

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