Snow Pigeon Columba leuconota
Snow Pigeon, Lingmethang Road, Mongar, Bhutan, April 2008 - click for larger image

Bhutan
March / AprilĀ 2008

The Snow Pigeon is distributed in the Himalayas from western Afghanistan through to central and southern China. It is found in colonies on rock cliffs and deep ravines at between 3,000 and 5,000 metres. In the winter they move to lower altitudes.

Snow Pigeon, Lingmethang Road, Mongar, Bhutan, April 2008 - click for larger image It is closely related to the Rock Dove C. livia and the Hill Pigeon C. rupestris. The neck, underparts and lower back are white, the head is slate grey, the mantle is greyish-brown and the wings have three to four dark wing bars. The tail is black with a broad, white band. The race C. l. gradaria shown here is paler and greyer, less brown, than the nominate race.
Snow Pigeon, Lingmethang Road, Mongar, Bhutan, April 2008 - click for larger image
Snow Pigeon, Paro, Bhutan, April 2008 - click for larger image
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