Genus DENDROTRERON

This genus was proposed for a peculiarly-coloured Himalayan Pigeon which appears to stand apart from all other Asiatic species. An African form, D. arquatrix, is closely allied and congeneric, and another well-known African bird, Columba guinea, may perhaps be referred to the same genus, though it differs in some characters.

The genus Dendrotreron has a longer tail, a shorter and more feathered tarsus, and broader soles than true Columba, and thus resembles the Tree-Pigeons. The plumage is very different from the latter; there is no metallic gloss on any part of the plumage, the neck-feathers are acuminate, and the neck-patches and tail-bauds of Palumbus are wanting.

The members of the present genus are not fruit-eaters like Alsocomus, but live on berries and seeds. The African bird makes a nest on trees in mountain ravines and is said to lay two eggs.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol. 4. 1898.
Title in Book: 
Genus DENDROTRERON
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
32
M_ID: 
4814
M_SN: 
Columba
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
1834

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