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Yellow-eyed Pigeon - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Vipul Ramanuj
Rajasthan, India, January 2016

Alternative name: Pale-backed Pigeon

Columba eversmanni
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Jorbeer Conservation Reserve, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India, 21 February 2022


Photo © by Alok Tewari
Part of a large foraging flock, feeding on grass seeds, little after day-break.
Jorbeer Conservation Reserve, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India, 22 February 2022

25–31 cm (9¾-12 in)

  • Mainly bluish-grey overall plumage
  • Pinkish crown and breast
  • Whitish underwing-coverts, lower back and upper rump
  • Yellow eyes and eye-ring


Middle East and Asia: found from north-eastern Iran to Siberia, north-western India and extreme western China.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Steppe and nearby lowlands, deserts. Open, semi arid, sparsely wooded habitats in the mountains.


Usually found in flocks.


They forage on the ground for seeds, grain and other cereals.


They nest in cracks in cliffs and in roller burrows.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. birdbase.hokkaido
  3. BirdLife International
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Jan 2018)
  5. Wikipedia

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