1866. Ianthoenas palumboides

(1866) Ianthoenas palumboides *.


Carpophaga palumboides Hume, Str. Feath., i, p. 302 (1873) (Andamans). Alsocomus palumboides. Blanf. & Oates, iv, p. 39.

Vernacular names. None recorded.

Description. Whole head a beautiful pearl-grey or pearl-white, showing a faint sheen of emerald-green on the crown and nape ; upper neck darker and with more gloss ; lower neck with a darker green gloss and with the black bases to the feathers showing through; remainder of upper parts and wing-coverts a deep slaty-grey, almost black, each feather edged metallic green, purple-copper or amethyst according to the light, the margins to the median coverts narrow and always green; greater coverts and quills blackish-brown, the second to the fourth and sometimes the fifth primary with a narrow edge of grey-brown to the outer web; tail blackish-brown ; lower parts from neck to vent light slaty-grey with a faint emerald sheen; under wing-coverts, axillaries, flanks and under tail-coverts a rather darker grey.

Colours of soft parts. Iris orange, reddish-yellow or orange-pink ; cere and base of bill lake-red or pinkish-lilac, remainder of bill yellowish-white or almost white; legs and feet fleshy-pink, more red in front, claws horny-white.

Measurements. Wing 241 to 258 mm. " Weight 1 lb. 2 oz." (Davison).

Young birds have the head a much darker grey with less sheen and the upper parts duller and browner.

Distribution. Andamans and Nicobars.

Nidification. Unknown.

Habits. This is a forest Pigeon and according to Hume very like Muscadivora in its habits, frequenting the tops of the highest and most densely-foliaged tree but Davison and Butler both obtained specimens which were seated on very low branches or actually on the ground. Hume saw " hundreds " at a roosting-place on a conical rocky islet and also common in the Macpherson's Straits where they were flying over in small parties. They are fruit-eaters as far as is known and have a deep, loud " coo."

* I cannot separate Ianth&nas nkohanca, which seems to have been founded on an immature bird* Other specimens from Ineenge, Trinkut and Nankowry, which are adult, are exactly the same as Andaman birds.

The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.5 1928.
Title in Book: 
1866. Ianthoenas palumboides
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Page No: 
Common name: 
Andamanese Wood Pigeon
Andaman Wood Pigeon
Columba palumboides
Vol. 5

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