Friday, September 16, 2011

Pita Rathu Batagoya - Sri Lankan Green Pigeon (Treron pompadora)


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.


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