Chalcophaps indica   (Linnaeus,  1758) (Bird)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Aves

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Size: 23-28 cm

A brownish pink dove, with glistening emerald bronze-green upperparts (excluding tail) and conspicuous white forehead and eyebrows. In flight, chestnut underside of wings diagnostic. Sexes alike.

Nesting: season- January to may, varying locally. Nest- a flimsy twig platform, typical of the doves, perhaps slightly more compact, up in a low tree or bamboo culm. Eggs- 2, creamy yellow to 'white coffee' color.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Emerald Dove
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine
IUCN Status:  Least Concern


• Kerala, Vembanad Lake (Lat: 9.28) (Long: 76.31) INDIA
• Kerala, Vembanad Lake (Lat: 9.66) (Long: 76.55) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Nameer, PO (2005) Wetlands and waterfowl conservation in kerala with special reference to Ramsar sites kerala environment congress 2005 Centre for environment and development 97-112 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at -
  • 10,000 Birds Available at -
  • Davidar, Priya; Yoganand, K; Ganesh, T and Nayak, KG (2007) Avifauna of the andaman islands: preliminary inventory and distributional patterns Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 104(3) 298-310 Available at - NIO, Goa

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