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Pompadour Green Pigeon endemic to Western Ghats spotted in Barkheda in Rajasthan

Dec 29, 2014 16:16 IST

Pompadour Green Pigeon (Treron pompadora), a native of the Western Ghats and Sri Lanka was spotted in December 2014 over a Bar tree (Ficus bengalensis) of Barkheda village in Rajasthan.

The Pompadour Green Pigeon was photographed by Durga Lal Verma, a computer hardware mechanic-turned bird-lover. Verma shared the photographs of the bird with environmentalists to establish its real name.

Barkheda village is a place that witness arrival of some 50-odd species of birds during winter season. Some surprise arrival of the year 2014 includes Great White Pelicans, Greater Flamingos and Demoiselle Cranes.

About Pompadour Green Pigeon
The pompadour green pigeon is a pigeon complex in the genus Treron. These pigeons have red legs, red-splashed wings marked by yellowish bars, orange breast and head. Pompadour green pigeon has been split into six multiple species, namely
• Sri Lanka green pigeon (Treron pompadora) from Sri Lanka
• Grey-fronted green pigeon (Treron affinis) from the Western Ghats in India
• Andaman green pigeon (Treron chloropterus) from the Andamans and Nicobars
• Ashy-headed green pigeon (Treron phayrei) from northeast India and Nepal, east to Yunnan in China, and south through Indochina (north of the Isthmus of Kra)
• Philippine green pigeon (Treron axillaris) from the Philippines and includes the subspecies amadoni, canescens and everetti
• Buru green pigeon (Treron aromaticus) from small islands in the Flores Sea and Buru, Indonesia


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