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Woodpigeon (Azores subspecies)
Columba palumbus azorica

Map of the common names

Description

Rather like Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus), in size (L 42 cm) and appearance but showing more contrast with blue-greenish above and orange bellow.The laurel forest and forests of Juniperus are the are of this forest-type. The pigeon mainly feeds on seeds. Resident.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I

This globally threatened species is endemic of the archipelago of Azores. Its breeding population is unlikely to exceed 500 individuals. Habitat destruction through forestry intensification and afforestation with exotic trees and hunting are the main threats for the species.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population :
150 / 200 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos


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