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Ring-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas caribaea

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The Ring-tailed Pigeon is a large and nomadic Pigeon of the highlands of Jamaica, and is most common in the Blue and John Crow mountains. This species inhabits montane forest and forest edges, and follows fruit crops. Consequently, the Ring-tailed Pigeon species can change from being nonexistent to one of  the most abundant and easily seen birds in a matter of days in the right location. The Ring-tailed Pigeon generally moves in groups, and very large flocks can and up gathering in a  roost or a fruiting tree.  This species is unique in Jamaica, in that it shows a broad, pale terminal band to the tail.  The Ring-tailed Pigeon is threatened by hunting and habitat loss.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Ring-tailed Pigeon (Patagioenas caribaea), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: