Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Near Threatened

Ashy-headed Green-pigeon (Treron phayrei)


French: Colombar de Phayre German: Aschkopf-Pompadourtaube Spanish: Vinago del Himalaya

Osmotreron Phayrei


, 1862,

Taugnoo, Myanmar


Previously considered conspecific with T. pompadora. Within this group, present species differs from T. affinis on account of its orange-yellow breast patch (2); chestnut (not maroon) back (2); and much lower-pitched song with many more low, level notes (3)#R. It differs from T. pompadora by its orange-yellow breast patch (2); red vs grey iris (2); rusty vs yellow undertail-coverts (2); grey vs yellow forehead (ns[2]). Birds from Nepal sometimes separated as race conoveri#R#R. Monotypic.


Himalayan foothills from WC Nepal E to NE India, E Bangladesh, Myanmar and through SW China (S Yunnan) and Thailand to Laos, Cambodia and S Vietnam (Cochinchina).

Descriptive notes

c. 27 cm. Medium-sized green-pigeon with heavy-based bill. Relatively long wings have prominent yellow edging on flight-feathers and yellow bar across coverts. Both sexes... read more


Gives a series of pleasant, low-pitched, mostly level whistles, although the second is usually... read more


Inhabits lowland, hill and moist deciduous forest up to 1000 m (1500 m in Himalayas), where it is... read more

Food and feeding

Frugivorous, taking wide variety of fruits; figs (Moraceae) and Zizyphus (Rhamnaceae) reported to be important. Gregarious and... read more


Season Mar–Jul. Nest a flimsy platform, placed low in tree or thicket, and often unconcealed.


Largely resident, with some local and altitudinal movements governed by food availability.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Described as fairly common to uncommon, but locally rare in Thailand and rare in Bhutan, where it is confined... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Kirwan, G.M. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2020). Ashy-headed Green-pigeon (Treron phayrei). 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 25 January 2020).