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Common Emerald Dove | by SivamDesign
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Common Emerald Dove

My first shots of this widespread resident breeding bird in the tropical and sub-tropical parts of the Indian Subcontinent. Though I am not proud of this shot I am happy to add one more new species to my collection. Clicked in the Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary through which we had driven on the way home after a day spent checking out Kodagu district. It was in the afternoon but due to the thick vegetation the light was very poor. We expected to see elephants or bisons or other wonderful wildlife every time we took a sharp turn, of which there were plenty. Sadly this little beauty was one of the few things we caught sight of as we did not have the time to take a break and go for a trek.


This dove is also known by the names of Green Dove and Green-winged Pigeon. The Common Emerald Dove is the state bird of the Indian State of Tamil Nadu. This is a common species in rainforest and similar dense wet woodlands, farms, gardens, mangroves and coastal heaths. The Common Emerald Dove is a stocky, medium-sized pigeon, typically 23 to 28 centimetres in length. The back and wings are bright emerald green. Emerald doves usually occur singly, in pairs or in small groups. They are quite terrestrial, often searching for fallen fruit on the ground and spending little time in trees except when roosting. They eat seeds and fruits of a wide variety of plants.

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Taken on February 19, 2012