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Emerald dove

Chalcophaps indica

Emerald dove

The emerald dove is a member of the pigeon family. They are a common type of dove yet they are rarely seen due to their shy and secretive nature.

Males perform a courtship dance by depressing the head and back, raising closed wings and tail, to create an impressive show of his green plumage and all while cooing loudly and bobbing.

Animal class


Emerald doves eat fruit, seeds, grass plants and insects.

The birds can be around 25 centimetres in height and weigh up to 135 grams.

Emerald doves are found in dense forest in south east Asia and northern and eastern Australia.

Conservation status
The IUCN considers that the emerald dove is not yet in danger of extinction in the wild.

Due to their beautiful colouring and markings, emerald doves are captured for the illegal pet trade.

Current population
Numbers of the emerald dove in the wild are thought to be declining. There are no exact population figures.

Zoo population
There are 106 emerald doves in zoos around the world.