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Grey-capped Emerald Dove

Grey-capped Emerald Dove

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Scientific Name:

Chalcophaps indica


Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, China, SE Asia.


Seeds, fallen fruits, invertebrates (ex. termites, snails).


Habitat:  Wide variety of forest types and adjacent habitats, agricultural country.
Incubation: 14-16 days / 2 eggs
Social structure: solitary or in pairs
Weight: 170g max
Dimensions: 23-27cm

Lifespan: 10-15 under human care
Estimated population in the wild: Common to uncommon

Threats: Population in decline due to predation by feral cats and rats.
IUCN Status: Least concern
Did you know that:

  1. As with all other pigeons and doves, the green-winged dove produces crop milk. When the chicks are born, they poke their bills into the parent’s throat and drink it. This proves to be a great advantage as parents do not have to constantly forage for food.
  2. They are mainly ground dwellers. Their slender beak is especially adapted for eating seeds.

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