French: Pigeon des rochers German: Klippentaube Spanish: Paloma rupestre
Other common names: White-tailed Rock-dove
Columba Oenas δ rupestris
Closely related to C. livia and C. leuconota. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. r. turkestanica
Buturlin, 1908 – Semiretschensk, Zaissen and Russian Altai S through Turkestan to Baltistan (Gilgit, Yasin, Hunza and Karakoram), and E to W Tibet and N Himalayan slopes.
C. r. rupestris
Pallas, 1811 – Transbaikalia and Amurland S through Mongolia to E Tibet, W Sichuan, Helan Shan, Heilongjiang and Korea.
31–35 cm. Similar in appearance to nominate form of C. livia, but paler grey; black wingbars less extensive, and for most part narrower; white central tailband... read more
Considered to be similar to that of C. livia, but a quickly repeated, gurgling “gut-gut-... read more
Open rugged country, where lives in flocks around cliffs and gorges; in some areas, also frequents... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly granivorous, feeding on seeds of weeds; also takes grain, green shoots of crops, leaves and some snails. Feeds in small flocks,... read more
Feb–Sept (mainly Apr–Jul). Colonial breeder. Builds a nest platform of twigs and plant items placed in crags or cliffs; in C... read more
Sedentary. Although no long-distance migrations undertaken, in some areas, birds descend to as low... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Apparently declining in Kazakhstan, where numbers and range reduced in Altai and Tien Shan, and is perhaps locally extinct in Manrak Mts. Only... read more
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