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Pigeon, African Green

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Tue Mar 07, 2006 6:43 pm Unread post
African Green-pigeon(Treron calvus)

Other names:
Afrikaans: papegaaiduif
French: Colombar à front nu
German: Rotnasen-Grüntaube
Dutch: Afrikaanse papegaaiduif

A shy bird found in small flocks in dense foliage. Quiet and unobtrusive and almost entirely arboreal, rarely coming to the ground. It feeds on fruit and can be locally common around fruiting fig trees (its gizzard is adapted for grinding fig seeds).

Physical characteristics:
When seen clambering around in a tre, the immediate impression is of a green, parrot-like bird. At closer range, this species is unmistakable with its gree-and-yellow plumage and chestnut vent. When feeding, it climbs about in fruiting trees, sometimes hangs upside down on branches to obtain fruit.

Habitat:
The African Green Pigeon inhabits the African forest, bushveld and savanna. Always associated with fruiting trees, especially figs.

After three years of trying to get a decent picture of an African Green Pigeon (no kidding) I finally succeeded last December. I found one feeding of a fig tree in Pretorius restcamp:

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Tue Mar 07, 2006 7:16 pm Unread post
Very nice, madach ! I just love green pigeons.

I found this one in September, last year, at Satara, feeding on a fig tree next to the parking lot in front of the main entrance. There were several in the tree at time - I even saw a Brown-headed Parrot in the adjacent tree, on that day. :)

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Wed Mar 08, 2006 10:19 am Unread post
madach wrote
@Francois: this is all the info I could find on the green pigeon, feel free to add more information.

Could not find a lot more info, but did add one paragraph to your original post as well as some names in other languages.

One of the easiest places to find these birds is in Lower Sabie. Carefully examine the trees in the area between the river and the bungalows. You are bound to find them there. The birds don’t always make a sound but if you know the call listen for that. In February we specifically visited Lower Sabie to see them. At first we could not find them but then one called and we found lots sitting in a tree we already walked pass!



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Wed Mar 08, 2006 10:55 am Unread post
I usually find them in the Sycamore Figs on the riverbank in front of the Skukuza restaurant.
This past weekend (4-5 March 2006) there were 25-30 of them feeding in the trees.

This pic was taken in Feb 2006 though.

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African green pigeon

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Thu Aug 17, 2006 11:48 am Unread post
We saw this bird for the first time in the park in June 2006.
During our August visit we saw a tree full of them in the Maroelaloop +/- 30 birds.

Are they common birds but we always missed them or are they rare to the park?

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Thu Aug 17, 2006 11:50 am Unread post
Great shot
Try Skukuza camp.
Found them in a big tree near the river
(Without camera :? )



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Thu Aug 17, 2006 12:04 pm Unread post
bert wrote
Try Skukuza camp.
Found them in a big tree near the river
(Without camera :? )


Yep they are fusually there, as the trees frequently have fruit to eat.



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Thu Aug 17, 2006 12:22 pm Unread post
They are common birds, but it took me three years to get decent pictures of them. About the only place where you'll get a decent photo opportunity is in the camps. You'll find them in fig trees (depending on the season) where they eat the fruits. Pretoriuskop and Skukuza are camps where they're frequently seen.



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Thu Aug 17, 2006 2:11 pm Unread post
madach wrote
You'll find them in fig trees (depending on the season) where they eat the fruits.


The trees bear fruit the whole year, mostly July to December. The tree can bear fruit a few times a year.


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Sun Aug 20, 2006 11:26 pm Unread post
The Green Pigeon is a really beautiful member of the pigeon/dove family. We saw a few in a Tambotie tree near Letaba in June, but I was astounded earlier in the year when I saw a few in my garden in Pretoria!
This should be testimony that garden bird watching can be really rewarding and enjoyable!



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Tue Oct 10, 2006 6:49 am Unread post
In a tree behind the camping ablutions overhanging the road leading to the rest of LS camp. Note the little chick.

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Thu Jul 05, 2007 6:23 pm Unread post
On the S25 June 2007.

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Wed Jun 18, 2008 12:03 pm Unread post
And some more pics, taken this year.
They do seem to enjoy eating the figs. :D

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Sunset Dam,July 2008
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a bum shot taken near Olifants Camp on the banks of the Olifants river.
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