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Speckled Wood Pigeon

Columba hodgsonii

The Speckled Wood Pigeon, Columba hodgsonii, presents a medium-sized figure amongst its avian kin, with a length of 38 centimeters. Its plumage is a rich tapestry of maroon-brown across the upper body, while the lower body is adorned with the characteristic speckles that inspire its name. A touch of nature's opulence is evident in the iridescent sheen of its neck, a trait common to many in the pigeon family.


This bird graces the montane forests with its presence, finding solace in the verdant canopies that stretch from the valleys of Kashmir to the northeastern expanses of India, and further across the landscapes of eastern Tibet, central China, Yunnan, and Myanmar.

Conservation status

The Speckled Wood Pigeon is currently classified as Least Concern by the IUCN, indicating a stable presence in the wild, free from the immediate threat of significant population decline.


The geographical range of this pigeon is quite extensive, encompassing regions from Kashmir through Northeast India, embracing the high altitudes of eastern Tibet, the central provinces of China, the biodiverse realm of Yunnan, and the forests of Myanmar.

Identification Tips

When endeavoring to identify the Speckled Wood Pigeon, one should look for the distinctive maroon-brown upper body contrasted with the speckled lower body. The iridescent neck is a hallmark of the species, catching the light in a display of subtle brilliance. The bird's overall length of 38 centimeters also aids in its identification amidst the forest's avifauna.

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