Dowsett, R. J.; Forbes-Watson, A. D. 1993. Checklist of birds of the Afrotropical and Malagasy regions. Tauraco Press, Li
Sibley, C. G.; Monroe, B. L. 1990. Distribution and taxonomy of birds of the world. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.
28 cm. A small, pale grey pigeon. Adult overall very pale grey with warmer upperparts and a dark tip to tail and dark band across rump. The crown is pinkish brown and the eye pale yellow. Oily green and blue iridescent patches on sides of neck apparent only at close range. Similar spp. Within its range might be confused with Feral Pigeon which is larger and much darker. Voice Typical pigeon-like cooings. Hints Little known pigeon but most likely seen at Guban Cliffs and in mountains east of Ras Asayr in N Somalia.
Collar, N. J.; Stuart, S. N. 1985. Threatened birds of Africa and related islands: the ICBP/IUCN Red Data Book. International Council for Bird Preservation, and International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, Cambridge, U.K.
Baptista, L. F.; Trail, P. W.; Horblit, H. M. 1997. Family Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves). In: del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J. (ed.), Handbook of the birds of the world v.4, pp. 60-243. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.
Ash, J. S.; Miskell, J. E. 1998. Birds of Somalia. Pica Press, Robertsbridge, U.K.
Further web sources of information
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Text account compilers
Bird, J., Butchart, S., Shutes, S., Starkey, M., Symes, A.
Ash, J., Miskell, J.
IUCN Red List evaluators
Butchart, S., Symes, A.
BirdLife International (2013) Species factsheet: Columba oliviae. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/05/2013. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2013) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/05/2013.
This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.
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Additional resources for this species
|Current IUCN Red List category||Data Deficient|
|Family||Columbidae (Doves and pigeons)|
|Species name author||Clarke, 1918|
|Population size||Unknown mature individuals|
|Distribution size (breeding/resident)||24,700 km2|
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