Columba leuconota Vigors, 1831, Himalayas. Two subspecies.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: White-bellied pigeon, Tibetan dove; French: Pigeon des neiges; German: Schneetaube; Spanish: Paloma Nival.
12.2–13.4 in (31–34 cm); 9–10.8 oz (255–307 g). Dark slategray head; white and grayish brown upperparts; white underparts. Three black bars across folded wing. Black tail with broad white “V.”
High mountains of central Asia.
Cliffs at 9,800–16,400 ft (3,000–5,000 m).
Advertises in bowing the head down and lifting the rear with closed tail. Display flight with spread wings and wing-claps.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Feeds on seed, crocus bulbs, and roots; also grain near mountain villages.
Similar to rock pigeon.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
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