April 19, 2017 - Jambu Fruit-dove (Ramphiculus jambu or Ptilinopus jambu)

These fruit doves are found in southern Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia. They eat mostly fruit, foraging in trees or on the ground for fruits dropped by other animals. Females build the nests from twigs, sticks, and grasses gathered by the males. Both parents incubate the eggs. They are classified as Near Threatened due to loss of their forest habitat and some trapping for the cage-bird trade.

April 11, 2017 - Polynesian Ground-dove (Gallicolumba erythroptera)

These Critically Endangered ground-doves were once found throughout the Society Islands and the Tuamotu Archipelago in French Polynesia, but are now seen only in small areas of the Tuamotu Archipelago. Though little is known about the biology of these birds, they are thought to eat seeds, buds, fruit, and leaves, as well as caterpillars and other insects. Their breeding habits are virtually unknown, but chicks have been recorded in January and April and a nest was found in a Pandanus tree. Introduced species, including cats and rats, along with severe storms and habitat loss, led to their decline and extinction on some islands within their former range. Their current population is estimated at under 200 birds.

me: (looks at columbidae)


me: 👌🐦👌🐦👌🐦👌🐦👌🐦 good pidge gO౦d pidge 👌 thats ✔ some good👌👌pidge right 👌👌 th 👌 ere👌👌👌 right✔there ✔✔if i do ƽaү so my self 💯 i say so 💯 thats what im talking about right there right there (chorus: ʳᶦᵍʰᵗ ᵗʰᵉʳᵉ) mMMMMᎷМ💯👌👌👌 cO0 cОଠOOOOOОଠଠOoooᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒ👌👌👌👌 💯 👌🐦🐦🐦👌👌 good pidge

Young mourning dove squab

Saw it with the parent so I took the picture from a distance.  The parent flew away so I left immediately.  They need to come back and take care of the chick.  With random people dumping cats in our neighborhood, it’s not safe for this little one.  I also just learned that mourning doves are closely related to the extinct passenger pigeon.

Update (May 9, 2017):  Okay, now I’m questioning myself.  I bought a bird identification book today (well, three) and now I’m not sure if this little gal/guy is a mourning dove or a Eurasian collared dove squab.

March 12, 2017 - Snow Pigeon or Tibetan Dove (Columba leuconota)

These pigeons are found in mountainous central Asia from western Afghanistan to central China. They eat berries, seeds, bulbs, roots, shoots, and grains, spending most of their time in large flocks. Frequently nesting in colonies, they construct messy platform nests from sticks, matted grass, and feathers, usually in crevices or caves in cliffs. They often reuse the same nests for multiple years, repairing them when needed.

Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur)

Also known as the European Turtle Dove, the turtle dove is a species of dove that is widely distributed throughout Africa, Asia, and Europe. Turtle doves are summer migrants throughout Europe, mainly in the central and southern lowlands, and will winter in sub-Saharan Africa. Like other dove species turtle doves forage on the ground and feed mainly on seeds and occasionally small insects. On return from their wintering grounds in Africa in late April turtle doves will start breeding and around 2 young are usually reared by both the male and female.


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Image: Yuvalr


Monk Parakeet amidst Feral Pigeons and White-Winged Doves
Myiopsitta monachus / Columba livia domestica / Zenaida asiatica

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States, 2014

Jambu Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus jambu)

…a strikingly marked species of fruit dove (Ptilinopus spp.) which is a resident breeder in southern Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei and the Indonesian islands of Kalimantan, Sumatra, and Java. Jambu fruit doves typically inhabit mangrove swamps and lowland rainforests up to 1,500 m. They are also known to inhabit second growth woodland as well. Adult jambu fruit doves are sexually dimorphic, with males sporting a crimson colored face, females differ by having a dull purple face with a dark chin. Like many fruit doves, jambu fruit doves are shy and inconspicuous birds, foraging for fruit in the forest canopy. 


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Image: Greg Hume