Green Pigeon

Green Pigeon.


Appearance

Their upperparts are greyish green to yellowish green, their thighs are yellow with mauve patches on the top of the wing. The green plumage provides a great camouflage in the tops of trees. Their bills are red at the base white at the tip. Their feet are also red.

Diet

They eat mainly fruit such as figs.

Breeding

May to February is the most common time. They build a frail platform of coarse twigs and leafs on a sloping or a horizontal fork of a leafy tree. 1 to 2 eggs are laid. Chicks hatch after about 13 days. The male is in charged to look for small branches and to carry them to the female on the nest, the female accommodates them. The female chooses the place to nest and remains there waiting for the male to supply to her materials to build the nest. They are vey good parents. They incubate all the time, they never leave the nest alone.

Behaviour

They are usually gregarious, all in small groups. They forage in trees, flapping to keep there balance, and often hanging upside down. There green plumage makes effective camouflage. Their flight is fast and direct.

Habitat

Woodland, especially riverine and fig forest.

Where they are found

Green pigeons are found in Zimbabwe, northern and eastern Botswana, northern Namibia, Mozambique, the Northern Province, Mpumalanga and east coast of South Africa.

Latin name

Treron calva.



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