Sri Lankan Green pigeon is approximately 26-30 cm in length. The head, tail and underparts are bright green, with a grey crown to the head. The legs are red and the bill is thin and grayish. The flight feathers and tail are blackish. The male has a chestnut back, usually uniform. The female has a bright green back and lacks the orange on the breast.
This is a common species in rainforest and similar dense wet woodlands. It builds a stick nest in a tree and lays two white eggs. Pompadour Green pigeons usually occur singly or in small groups. They eat the seeds and fruits of a wide variety of plants.