Columba punicea Blyth, 1842 - Pale-capped Pigeon

Subspecies in India

This is also known as the Purple Wood Pigeon.
 

 
 

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This rare species is also known as Purple or Pale-capped Woodpigeon. It inhabits forests and shrublands of Cambodia, India (Assam valley, south Assam hills and NE Ghats), Myanmar, and Malaysia, from the sea level up to 1,600m. It has possibly undergone extirpation from China (BirdLife International 2017). 

Conservation Status:
 
 
 
According to the IUCN Red List Assessment, the population of this species is declining, with a current population size estimated at 2,500-9,999 individuals. The threat to its persistence comes from habitat disturbance due to large-scale agriculture and other human encroachments. Another major threat to its persistence comes from excessive hunting for sport (BirdLife International 2001).
 
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Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam1
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka
Kerala
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
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BirdLife International 2017. Columba punicea (amended version of 2016 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T22690191A110100779. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-1.RLTS.T22690191A110100779.en. Accessed on 03 February 2020.
 

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Columba punicea Blyth, 1842 – Pale-capped Pigeon. In Satose, V., A. Bayani, V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 2.17. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.birdsofindia.org/columba-punicea, accessed 2024/06/25.