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Pair of Snow Pigeons (Columba leuconota) in the high Himalaya

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Published on Sep 15, 2011

Seen here in Yumthang, Sikkim, the Snow Pigeon (Columba leuconota) is a species of bird in the Columbidae family. Known as the safed or barfeela kabutar or kabootar in India.

Snow Pigeon has a blackish head contrasting with white neck collar and white underparts shading into ashy on the abdomen. Back is brownish grey with a white patch on the lower back. Wing is pale grey with three brown bands. The black tail has a clear white band in the middle which narrows and curve forward to reach the tip of outermost tail features. Young birds have narrow pale buff margins to the feathers of the upper parts and wings. The white of the underparts is sullied with buff.

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