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Grey-capped Emerald Dove

Chalcophaps indica

Quick Facts

Scientific name: Chalcophaps indica
Class: Bird
Weight: 86 to 135 grams
Life span: 10 to 15 years
Conservation status: Least concern
Number of offspring: 3 eggs at a time

About

I LIVE IN ASIA

The grey-capped emerald dove is most often found in forest habitats throughout Indonesia, Thailand, and India.


I AM AN HERBIVORE

The grey-capped emerald dove’s diet consists of various seeds, fruits, and plants. They will also eat invertebrates when given the chance.


GREY-CAPPED EMERALD DOVES ARE SOCIAL

The grey-capped emerald dove is a somewhat social bird species. They are known to live both singly and in small groups or pairs.


LIFE ON THE GROUND

Grey-capped emerald doves are not known to be frequent fliers. They will spend much of their time on the forest floor searching for fallen fruit, but can also fly exceptionally well when needed.


HELPING THE GREY-CAPPED EMERALD DOVE IN THE WILD

The grey-capped emerald doves at the Zoo are enrolled in the Species Survival Plan (SSP). SSP is a program implemented by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to help ensure a genetically viable population exists.


I AM IMPORTANT TO MY ECOSYSTEM

Because of their fruit and seed diet, the grey-capped emerald dove plays an important role of seed dispersal in their ecosystem.


 

Conservation

Learn more about our efforts, our conservation partners around the world, and the simple steps you can take to contribute.

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