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Emerald dove

Chalcophaps indica

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.

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

IUCN Status

The IUCN status of the Emerald dove is least concern.

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  Fun fact Males perform a bobbing dance during courtship

Animal class


Conservation status

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




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


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