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Trocaz Pigeon
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Genus: Columba
Species: C. trocaz
Binomial name
Columba trocaz
Heineken, 1829

The Trocaz Pigeon (Columba trocaz), or Madeira Laurel Pigeon, is a member of the family Columbidae (doves and pigeons) which is endemic to Madeira.

It is a scarce resident breeder in caves and on mountains in the laurisilva forest zone, where 10,000 birds remain.

At 42–45 cm, it looks like a large Wood Pigeon. It is a basically grey bird, with a pinkish breast. It lacks any white markings, which together with a silvery neck patch distinguishes it from the other species of Columba.

Trocaz Pigeon breeds in caves, laying one white egg in a nest on a ledge. Its flight is quick, performed by regular beats, with an occasional sharp flick of the wings, characteristic of pigeons in general. It takes off with a loud clattering.

The call is a characteristic cooing doo-doh, like Wood Pigeon.

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