Emerald Dove (species: Chalcophaps indica) in Koreelah NP (Gaia Guide)
Chalcophaps indica
Emerald Dove

©Lip Kee Yap: Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica)

©Lindsey Turner: A female Emerald Dove at Memphis Zoo, Tennessee, USA
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Columbiformes
Family Columbidae
Genus Chalcophaps
Species Chalcophaps indica
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

The back and wings are bright emerald green. The flight feathers and tail are blackish, and broad black and white bars show on the lower back in flight. The head and underparts are dark vinous pink (in chrysochlora, more brown in longirostris), fading to greyish on the lower belly. The eyes are dark brown, the bill bright red and legs and feet rufous.

Female at Memphis Zoo, USA
The male has a white patch on the edge of the shoulders and a grey crown, which the female lacks. Females will tend to have a browner complexion with a grey mark on the shoulder. Immature birds resemble females but have brown scallops on their body and wing plumage. (Wikipedia)


  • From 23 cm to 28 cm (Length of specimen)


  • From 43 cm to 46 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is a widespread resident breeding bird in the tropical and sub-tropical parts of the Indian Subcontinent and east through Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, to northern and eastern Australia.

It is a common species in rainforest and similar dense wet woodlands, farms, gardens, mangroves and coastal heaths. (Wikipedia)


They are quite terrestrial, often searching for fallen fruit on the ground and spending little time in trees except when roosting. They eat seeds and fruits of a wide variety of plants. (Wikipedia)

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