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Silvery Pigeon - BirdForum Opus

Photo by James Eaton
Pulau Simeulue, Aceh, Indonesia, December 2010
Columba argentina

Alternative name: Silvery Wood Pigeon


37cm. Pale silvery grey plumage, black flight feathers, black tipped tails, conspicuous dark red or purplish eye-wattles and eyes, dusky purple with a pale apple-green tipped bill, bluish-grey, mottled with varying amounts of red feet.


Photo by James Eaton
Pulau Simeulue, Aceh, Indonesia, December 2010

Small islands near Borneo, Sumatra and neighboring areas. This species is Critically Endangered.


This is a monotypic species.


Mangrove forests and woodlands in offshore islands.


The diet includes fruit.

It builds a flimsy stick nest in trees and lays a single white egg, which has a chalky, not glossy shell.


  1. Clements, James F. 2007. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2007. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. ISBN 9780801445019
  2. Thread in the Birdforum Id forum discussing the id of the bird photographed in Indonesia, October 2008

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