Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Near Threatened

Comoro Olive-pigeon (Columba pollenii)


French: Pigeon des Comores German: Komorentaube Spanish: Paloma de las Comoras
Other common names: Comoro Pigeon

Columba pollenii


, 1865,

Maore (Mayotte), Comoro Islands


Closely related to C. arquatrix, C. sjostedti and C. thomensis, and all four are sometimes considered conspecific; Asiatic C. hodgsonii may also belong within this group. Monotypic.


Comoro Is.

Descriptive notes

c. 35–40 cm. Head, neck, breast and upper mantle dull purplish red with grey admixed; hindneck of lanceolate feathers with purplish centres and white fringes (or white... read more


Advertising call a low-pitched, faint cooing phrase repeated at long intervals, each consisting of... read more


Evergreen forest, usually at high elevations; however, on Maore, extends down to sea-level.

Food and feeding

Feeds on fruit plucked from trees, but also appears to take some food from ground.


A nest with a single egg was found 5 m above the ground. No further information available.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. A little known species with a restricted range on small islands; populations require monitoring; locally... read more

Recommended citation

Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M. & Boesman, P. (2018). Comoro Olive-pigeon (Columba pollenii). 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 17 July 2018).