New Species of Pegion in Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Published on: 30 Nov, 2012
Published under: General Kerala News

28 Nov 2012

Ornithologists spotted seven Orange-breasted Green-pigeons in the core forest area of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) at Borivli. The species is found in the hills between Goa and Kerala and east and central India. “The Orange-breasted Green-pigeon is a bird of the hills and not the plains.

Spotting the Orange-breasted Green-pigeon is part of the ongoing bird survey for the Mumbai region biodiversity project headed by naturalist Sunjoy Monga. With only the male species sporting a pink band on the upper breast and a broader orange band below, Nidambur added, “Since the female species does not have an orange breast, we were lucky to find males that helped us identify the bird. Since it’s never been spotted in the Mumbai region, this is quite a discovery.”

“The national park is the last surviving extensive and isolated forest patch in northern Konkan that falls between the Sahyadri range and Arabian Sea. As a result, SGNP gets a sprinkling of the biodiversity of the Western Ghats and is an interesting location for several bird species,” said Monga.


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