Luzon Bleeding-Heart (Gallicolumba luzonica) 

is a species of ground dove native to the islands of Luzon and Polillo in the Philippines. They get the name bleeding heart due to a unusual splash of blood red feathers on the center of the birds chest making it look like the bird has received a wound and is bleeding out, this illusion is enhanced due to a reddish hue of feathers on the bird’s front which almost look blood soaked. This species behaves in a similar fashion to other ground pigeons in that it eats mostly eats seeds, berries and grubs and is very secretive almost never leaving the forest floor.





Luzon Bleeding-heart Pigeon - Gallicolumba luzonica 

The characteristic feature of the shy and secretive Luzon Bleeding-heart, Gallicolumba luzonica (Columbiformes - Columbidae) is the deep red spot on its breast, which resembles a bleeding wound.

As its common name suggests, the Luzon bleeding-heart inhabits the island of Luzon in the Philippines, as well as two neighboring islands. 

Like other pigeons and doves, this one feeds its young on nutritious ‘crop milk’, a secretion from a pouch near the adult’s throat.

This species is usually rather scarce or rare, and is classified as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List. 

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Photo credit: ©K.S. Kong | Locality: captive - Singapore (2014) - [Top] - [Bottom]


Cinnamon Ground Dove (Gallicolumba rufigula)

Also known as the golden-heart dove, red throated ground-dove or the golden-heart pigeon, Gallicolumba rufigula is a species of ground dove that is distributed throughout Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and West Papua. Like other ground doves G. rufigula lives most of its live on the ground forages mainly in the leaf litter for fallen fruits and seeds.


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Images: Peter van Zoest and Bernard Van Elegem