Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Grey-fronted Green-pigeon (Treron affinis)


French: Colombar des Ghats German: Graustirn-Pompadourtaube Spanish: Vinago de los Ghats

Vinago affinis


, 1840,

West coast of the Indian Peninsula


Previously considered conspecific with T. pompadora; present species was not even recognized as a race in HBW. Within this group, present species differs from T. pompadora on account of its whitish (not yellow) forehead (2); creamy-brown (not white) undertail-coverts of male (3); brighter brown back and green rump (1); shorter bill, tail and tarsus but longer, more rounded wing (at least 2); and “striking vocal differences” (at least 1)#R. Monotypic.

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Western Ghats from N Maharashtra S to Kerala, and S Eastern Ghats (Palkonda Hills), in peninsular India.

Descriptive notes

c. 27 cm. Comparatively small, short-tailed and dark green-pigeon, characterized by whitish forehead, well-defined grey crown, yellow-green eyebrow and face, yellowish throat... read more


Song is a mellow series of fluty, rich, somewhat meandering whistles, with the initial note... read more


Primary and secondary evergreen and moist deciduous forests, from sea-level up to 1000 m. Occurs... read more

Food and feeding

Frugivorous, taking a variety of fruits, drupes and berries, and also reported to feed on termites; figs (Moraceae) and Zizyphus (... read more


Season Dec–Mar. Nest a flimsy platform of twigs in a low to moderate-sized tree, usually less than 4 m above ground; often quite exposed;... read more


Resident, with some local and altitudinal movements governed by food availability, especially figs.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common and locally abundant, but thought to be declining as a result of loss and fragmentation of habitat. Has been reported in C India (historically... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Kirwan, G.M. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2020). Grey-fronted Green-pigeon (Treron affinis). 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 30 March 2020).