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Green imperial pigeon

Thai: นกลุมพูเขียว, nok lum-phu kieow

Binomial name: Ducula aenea, Carolus Linnaeus, 1766

The Green Imperial Pigeon (Ducula aenea) is a pigeon which is a widespread resident breeding bird in tropical southern Asia from India east to Indonesia. It has a number of subspecies, of which the distinctive Celebes form, Chestnut-naped Imperial Pigeon (Ducula aenea paulina).

This is a forest species; it builds a stick nest in a tree and lays a single white egg. Its flight is fast and direct, with the regular beats and an occasional sharp flick of the wings which are characteristic of pigeons in general.

Green Imperial Pigeon is a large plump pigeon, 45 cm in length. Its back, wings and tail are metallic green. The head and underparts are white, apart from maroon undertail coverts. Sexes are similar.

This is an arboreal dove, feeding on plant material in the tree canopy. They are not very gregarious, but will form small flocks. The bird's call is deep and resonant, and is often the first indication of the presence of this treetop species.

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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Columbiformes
Family
Columbidae
Genus
Ducula
Species
Ducula aenea

Common names

  • English: Green imperial pigeon
  • Thai: นกลุมพูเขียว, nok lum-phu kieow

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Distribution map of Green imperial pigeon, Ducula aenea in Thailand

Range map of Ducula aenea in Thailand

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