Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Grey-breasted Green-pigeon (Treron delalandii)


French: Colombar de Delalande German: Graubrust-Grüntaube Spanish: Vinago africano oriental

Phalacrotreron delalandii


, 1854,

Durban, South Africa


Usually considered conspecific with T. calvus, but differs in having (green-tinged) grey vs yellow-green crown, neck and mantle (3); (yellow-tinged) grey vs yellow-green throat to mid-belly (2); yellow-green vs grey-washed green rump and tail (2). Race granti not intermediate with forms of T. calvus; moreover, granti reported as occurring sympatrically with T. c. wakefieldii in Tanzania#R. See also T. australis. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. d. granti (van Someren, 1919) – lowland E Tanzania, Zanzibar and Mafia I.
  • T. d. delalandii (Bonaparte, 1854) – coast from SE Tanzania S to South Africa (Eastern Cape Province).
  • Descriptive notes

    25–30 cm; male 230–242 g, female 209–247 g. Distinguished from formerly conspecific T. calvus by its greenish-grey head, neck, breast and most of belly, grey... read more


    Apparently very similar to T. calvus, with no known differences between the two species,... read more


    Inhabits a diversity of forest and wooded savanna habitats, including riverine forest and mangroves... read more

    Food and feeding

    Frugivorous, but few specific data on diet though reported to feed on Ficus bussei, F. sur, F elastica, ... read more


    Season Sept–Dec in Mozambique, but probably most of the year in Tanzania. Comparatively few data on nesting, but most aspects of breeding... read more


    Probably sedentary, although local movements are likely in response to food availability (as with... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Frequent to locally abundant throughout its large range (estimated at 644,000 km²), but population suspected to be in decline owing to ongoing... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Kirwan, G.M. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2020). Grey-breasted Green-pigeon (Treron delalandii). 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).