Wompoo Pigeon

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Wompoo pigeonGenus: Ptilinopus
Species: Ptilinopus magnificus
Common names: Wompoo Pigeon, Wompoo fruit-dove
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This magnificent pigeon has continued to feed on the bright red fruit of the Vitex lignum-vitae trees. It wasn’t until I took this photo that I realised just how laden with fruit these trees are this year. Even though there are lots of fruit on the ground, the ones in the tops of the trees are not readily visible with the naked eye from the ground. These trees are also regularly visited by flocks of fig birds feasting on the fruit. About a dozen Vitex lignum-vitae seedlings have appeared in the cleared areas around these trees.

(July 2010)