(Columbidae – Please see also Doves)
The Nilgiri Woodpigeons (Columba elphinstonii) are endemic to moist deciduous forests and sholas of the Western Ghats in southwestern India. They can easily be identified in the field by the checkerboard pattern on their napes.
This breeds qualifies as vulnerable owing to its small, declining population, restricted range and widespread destruction of its forest habitat. A few relict populations survive on the high altitude hills of the peninsula outside the Western Ghats formation including the Biligirirangan Hills and Nandi Hills near Bangalore.
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