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Yellow-eyed Pigeon Columba eversmanni   - Hybrid?
Yellow-eyed Pigeon
Photographer : © Hugh Lansdown
Location :about half-way along the road from Yushu to Zhidoi, Qinghai, China
Date : 1 October 2016
English synonyms:Pale-backed Pigeon, Eastern Stock-Dove, Eastern Stock-Pigeon, Yellow-eyed Dove, Yellow-eyed Stock-Dove, Eastern Stock Dove, Eastern Stock Pigeon, Yellow-eyed Stock Dove
Bird Family :Columbidae - Pigeons & Doves
Bird Group :COLUMBIFORMES
Red Data Status :Vulnerable
Remarks :Although the typical yellow orbital skin of Yellow-eyed Pigeon (YEP) is distinctive, there are several major features in which this bird differs from a normal Yellow-eyed Pigeon (YEP):
1. YEP does not normally have such a strong bluish hue.
2. The black markings which form bars on the greater coverts and secondaries on YEP are completely absent on this bird.
3. Although YEP has a variably pale back, it is totally unlike the contrasting, relatively narrow white bar on the lower back of this bird.
4. There is no evidence of the normal YEP tail colouration of grey shading into black as it gets toward the tip.
- Ed.
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