Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Near Threatened

Andaman Green-pigeon (Treron chloropterus)


French: Colombar des Andaman German: Andamanen-Pompadourtaube Spanish: Vinago de Andamán

Treron chloroptera


, 1846,

#R Nicobars


Previously considered conspecific with T. pompadora. Within this group, present species differs from T. affinis on account of its green (not maroon) shoulder patch (3); paler grey crown (1); much brighter yellow rump (2); mainly whitish undertail-coverts (ns[1]); and much larger size (at least 1) (male tail 102–107 vs 84–88#R). It differs from T. phayrei by its grey vs red iris (2); whitish vs rusty undertail-coverts (3); green vs chestnut shoulder patch (3); more yellow in wing (ns[2]); much yellower rump (ns[2]); and lack of orange-yellow breast-patch (ns[2]); and from T. pompadora by its paler and more extensive grey crown with no yellow forehead (3); green vs maroon shoulder patch (3); more yellow in wing (2); and yellower rump (ns[2]). Proposed race andamanicus (South Andaman I) may merit recognition#R. Monotypic.

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Coco Is (off S Myanmar), Andaman Is and Nicobar Is.

Descriptive notes

c. 27 cm. Large, rather washed-out, green-pigeon with heavy, dark-based bill; very distinctive within the T. pompadora species-complex (see Taxonomy comments). Very... read more


Song most like that of T. phayrei, but quality is overall more nasal, with a somewhat more... read more


Occurs in evergreen forest and at forest edges.

Food and feeding

Frugivorous, consuming figs and other fruits, including unripe ones.


Five nests with eggslocated on Great Nicobar I in Feb–Mar in 1996–1998; nests (diameter 143 mm) averaged 6 m above ground (range 3·6–7 m)... read more


No information available.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Common at least in southern and middle Andamans, but less common in Nicobars where it is heavily hunted, but... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Kirwan, G.M. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2020). Andaman Green-pigeon (Treron chloropterus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 21 January 2020).