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Laurel Pigeon
Columba junoniae

Map of the common names

Description

Like Long-toed and Bolle's Laurel Pigeons (Columba trocaz, C. bollii), in size (L 39 cm), but has brown back, wine-red breast and paler tail. The White-tailed Laurel Pigeon prefers mature laurel forest, but also occurs in cultivated areas and pine stand. The nest is situated on fern-covered ground within deep canyons, on small ledges or crevices. Resident.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I

Endemic to Canary Islands, the White-tailed Laurel Pigeon has today a popualtion of about 1,300 individuals. Although stable at the moment, the species is threatened by the destruction and degradation of laurel forest, principally at privatelly owned sites, illegal hunting and predation by rats at nesting sites.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population : 1,200 / 1,500 birds

Drawing by Manuel Manolos


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