Pink-necked Green Pigeon

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Common Name: Pink-necked Green Pigeon
Scientific Name: Treron vernans

Size: 10.4-12.5 inches (26.5-32cm)

Habitat: Asia; Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Status: Least concern. Global Population: Unknown amount of mature individuals. The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

Diet: Figs, palm fruit and berries. They also nibble on flower buds. In Sungei Buloh, their favorite food include the fruit of the Macaranga, Cherry Tree (Muntingia calabura), small banyan figs (Ficus benjamina), and Singapore Rhododendron (Melastoma malabathricum).

Breeding: The male Pink-necked is very handsome and colorful. The duller female is easily confused with those of other Green Pigeons and is best identified by her male consort who is usually nearby.

The nest is a flimsy platform of twigs. About 15-20 cm in diameter, and so thin that sometimes the contents can be seen from below. The male collects the nesting materials and passes them on to the female to assemble.. Pairs nest alone, preferring spots near open spaces, in bushes as low as 2m off the ground and up to 10m high in trees and palms. 1-2 white eggs are laid. Both parents take turns incubating them and both raise the young. Fledglings may remain near the nest for up to 1 week.

Cool Facts: The most fascinating feature of pigeons and doves is their ability to produce crop milk. During breeding season, special glands in the crops of both males and females enlarge and secrete a thick milky substance. The chicks drink this milk by poking their bills into the parent's throat. Thus, pigeons and doves can feed their young without having to incessantly hunt or forage for food.

Found in Songbird ReMix Cool 'n' Unusual Birds 3

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