Mountain Imperial Pigeon

Mountain Imperial Pigeon is one of the largest pigeons I have ever seen and whereas many species in this family have been hunted to the verge of extinction, Mountain Imperial Pigeon seems to be doing fairly well, probably because it is restricted to the more inaccessible highlands. The call of this species is a very memorable, deep “Woomp woomp” and following that sound is what led me to this individual perched just above the road at Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand, in late 2015.


The higher altitudes of Kaeng Krachan National Park, Kms 27-30, is one of the best places I know to see Mountain Imperial Pigeons and they frequently make their nests in small trees, just above head height right next to the road or even next to the restaurant and while watching this bird distort its shape as it put its whole body into calling, I spotted a female on a nest on the opposite side of the road.

It was not easy taking this photo as light levels were low, late in the afternoon in the forest, and I was taking the photo hand-held, but with a wide aperture and lots of attempts I got this shot where the bird contrasts nicely with the green background.

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