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Whistling Green Pigeon - BirdForum Opus

Photo by lostinjapan
Photo taken: Kurojima, Ryukyu islands, Japan.
Treron formosae

Includes Ryukyu Green-Pigeon


35cm. Dark green back, inner secondaries and tail, light green throat and breast, pale yellow vent with dark green streaks, light green hind neck, grey mantle, purple-brown shoulder patch, deep orange crown, red legs and feet, bill has light blue base, red brown iris. Female lacks shoulder patch and crown.


Ryukyu Islands (Japan), Philippines and Taiwan.


Four subspecies usually recognized:

  • T. f. formosae in Taiwan
  • T. f. filipinus in the Philippines
  • T. f. permagnus on the northern Ryukyu Islands
  • T. f. medioximus on the southern Ryukyu Islands

Mcgregorii is considered invalid by most authorities. In recent literatur the name riukiuensis is used as well. The two forms from the Ryukyu Islands are sometimes split as full species.


Lowland evergreen forests.


The diet includes fruits.

2 eggs are laid. The nest is a frail platform made from sticks.

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