Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Near Threatened

Andaman Woodpigeon (Columba palumboides)


Taxonomy

French: Pigeon des Andaman German: Andamanentaube Spanish: Paloma de Andamán
Other common names: Andaman Pigeon
Taxonomy:

Carpophaga palumboides

A. O. Hume

, 1873,

Port Mouat, Andaman Islands

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Possibly related to C. pulchricollis and relatives; said by some to form a link with the C. vitiensis species-group. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Andaman and Nicobar Is.

Descriptive notes

36–41 cm; 510–520 g. Head and neck silvery grey, merging into darker grey with green gloss on upper mantle and light grey on breast; rest of upperparts black;... read more

Voice

Poorly documented. Advertising call a repeated single mellow hoot, “whooo” (note slightly... read more

Habitat

Forest; generally seen in pairs or small groups in dense parts of forest.

Food and feeding

Fruits, especially figs and berries appear to be main food items; walnut-sized fruits have been found in crops.

Breeding

No information available.

Movements

Readily moves from island to island, flying high across the straits; moves in response to fruiting... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered near-threatened. Reported to be not uncommon; nevertheless, only limited evidence available and this, combined with very small... read more

Recommended citation

Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M. & Boesman, P. (2018). Andaman Woodpigeon (Columba palumboides). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/54121 on 21 July 2018).