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Pale-capped Pigeon - BirdForum Opus

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Columba punicea


Length: 36–41

  • Whitish crown
  • Maroon upperparts
  • Green sheen on neck, mantle and back
  • Slate rump and uppertail coverts
  • Black tail and flight feathers
  • Red eye ring and base of bill

Female has a greyer crown


Asia: found from southern Tibet to eastern India, Myanmar, Thailand and Hainan Island (southern China)


This is a monotypic species[1].


Forest, bamboo, agricultural fields and mangroves. Recorded from sea level up to 1600 m.



Their diet consists of a variety of fruits, berries and figs, also bamboo seeds and other grains.


They build their nests in thick forests near to water. The clutch consists of 1 or 2 eggs which both sexes incubate.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2014)
  3. The website of Everything

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