1829. Dendrophassa pompadora pompadora

(1829) Dendrophassa pompadora pompadora (Gmelin).
Dendrophassa pompadora pompadora, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. v, p. 185.
This Green Pigeon is confined entirely to Ceylon.
It is essentially a forest and jungle bird, occurring both in the plains and in the hills up to about 4,000 feet.
W. Jenkins took several nests and eggs for me in Ceylon, where Wait and Phillips have since taken many more. The nest is exactly the same as made by others of the Green Pigeon group. As a rule the birds seem to prefer quite small trees and even high bushes in which to build their nests. One of the nests taken by Wait, which contained a single hard-set egg, was “6 feet from the ground, in among the twigs of a bush close to a path on the outskirts of a village, the bush growing in the usual low-country forest.” Some of the eggs taken by Jenkins were in nests built “on bushes not five feet from the ground but quite well concealed, the nests so trivial that they looked as if they could never support the egga, much less the young when hatched.” On the other hand, Wait has taken a nest “15 feet up in the branches of a tamarind-tree just outside a village but in the forest.”
The breeding season is very extended and possibly, as Jenkins thought, many birds breed twice ON even thrice in the year. Wait sent me eggs taken in April and May, Jenkins in May and June, while Phillips also obtained eggs in December and March. Butler found a pair of birds building in June but they deserted without laying.
The eggs of Dendrophassa are just smaller replicas of those of Crocopus, and the only difference to be recorded is that one only is frequently laid, even Pigeons, apparently, often laying smaller clutches in Ceylon than their nearest relations do in India.
Twenty-two eggs average 28.7 x 22.6 mm. : maxima 31.1 x 22.9 and 28.5 x 23.3 mm. ; minima 27.5 x 21.6 and 28.2 x 20.7 mm.
In this genus both sexes incubate and both assist in making the nest, though the male does not do much more than collect the twigs. The female is as fanciful as most and often scornfully rejects twigs brought by her husband and then, when his back is turned, picks them up again and uses them.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 4. 1935.
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1829. Dendrophassa pompadora pompadora
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Pompadour Green Pigeon
Sri Lanka Green Pigeon
Treron pompadora
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