Green Pigeon Rare and Beautiful Bird
The yellow footed green pigeon (Treron phoenicoptera), also known as yellow-legged green pigeon, is a common species of green pigeon found in the Indian subcontinent. It is the state bird of Maharashtra. In Marathi it is called Hariyal. The species feeds on fruit, including many species of Ficus. They forage in flocks. In the early morning they are often seen sunning on the tops of emergent trees in dense forest areas. They especially are found sitting in couples on tree branches.
Yellow footed green pigeon is a beautiful bird. Size of adult Yellow footed green pigeon is between 29 to 33 cm. The length of the tail is between 8 to 10 cm. Weight of adult is between 225 to 260 g. They have a wingspan of 17 to 19 cm.
They have yellowish olive-green body, duller above with a blue grey crown. Forehead and lores often suffused pale olive-green. They have lilac patch on the shoulders and a conspicuous yellow bar in the blackish wings.
Neck dark golden olive-yellow tinged greenish, mauve shoulder patch, bright yellow fringes to the wing coverts.
Mantle and scapulars dull grey green, the mantle bordered above with a distinct blue grey band. Abdomen dull green with greyer flanks and bright sulphur-yellow lower belly and leg feathers.
Bright yellow legs always diagnostic for this species.
Lesser coverts olive with those near the bend of the wing mauve. Median and greater coverts grey tinged olive, with pale yellow fringes to the apical halves of the outerwebs. Outer greater coverts blakish. Tail slaty grey tinged olive basally, especially on the centeral feathers. Upper tail light greenish with broad, dark grey terminal bar. Under tail black basally, apical half ashy grey. Under wing pale grey tinged olive on the leading edge.