Andhaman Wood Pigeon State Bird

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Andaman Wood Pigeon State Bird (Columba palumboides) is a species of bird in the Columbidae family. It is endemic to India.

It is an endemic bird, which is found only in Andaman and Nicobar group of islands. The bird lives in dense broadleaved evergreen forest. This bird has whitish head with checkerboard pattern on neck. The upper parts are dark slate grey in colour and underparts are pale blue grey Metallic Green sheen on upper side and reddish bill with yellowish tip and purplish red orbital skin are identification characters. This bird is of the size of a domestic pigeon with longer tail.

The Special cover having the words:

Andhaman and Nicobar Island a paradise to experience the excitement and adventure of the underwater realm.

The Special cover issued on 6th October 2004 by the department of India Post, to honour the Depart of Environment & Forests Andaman & Nicobar Islands, to mark the 50th Wildlife week celebration 2nd to 6th October 2004.

The cover bearing a beautiful pictorial cancellation of Wood Pigeon state bird.