Bird Families

Fruit-eating pigeons

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Good afternoon, dear readers!

I want to note right away that the pigeon is carnivorous, and not carnivorous, as many may have read. This is definitely the first time))

That is, this handsome man eats fruits, and not flesh, which is sometimes hunted by his urban counterparts.

This unusual bird belongs to the genus of fruit pigeons, lives in trees and feeds on the fruits of trees and plants. It is also worth noting that the Marquis pigeon is the largest and rarest pigeon in the world.

The body length of a bird is up to 53 centimeters, and its weight is up to a kilogram. The wings are wide, and the beak is a bit like a duck's, has a slight bend at the tip.

The color of the head and neck is gray-gray, and the body is dark gray with an iridescent greenish tint, sometimes there are reddish feathers above the tail. The eyes are small, white, the pupil is black.

There is no sexual dimorphism, which means that females and males generally look the same. The voice is low, like the hum of a cow.

Lifestyle

As already noted, the Marquis pigeon lives in trees, tall and medium-sized shrubs. It is considered a fruit-eating bird, eats flowers and fruits of plants.

Prefers the climate of the subtropics, lives in dry forests or on medium and tall humid shrubs. Nests are built among trees, where female lays a single dark brown egg. She incubates him for about twenty days, after which the chicks leave the nest.

Currently, the marquis pigeon is considered very rare and is under protection, measures are being taken to preserve the species in nature and in captivity.

Habitat

You can only meet the Marquis pigeon on the island of Nuku Hiva, one of the Marquesas Islands located in French Polynesia. But even there, the colony of Marquis pigeons is extremely small. Now in nature, there are only about one hundred to one hundred and fifty individuals. is

The rarity of the species is associated with several reasons: the extermination of birds by predators, the violation of the natural habitat of pigeons. Bird hunters have also had an impact on the decline in the Marquis pigeon population.

The construction of an airport near the habitats upset the natural balance of these places, so the marquis pigeons began to breed less and became more vulnerable to enemies.

However, the researchers note that the bird can also reproduce in captivity, since these pigeons began to build nests in the aviary, and also began to lay eggs.

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Introduction

Fruit-eating pigeons , or fruit pigeons (lat. Ducula ) Is a genus of birds of the pigeon family.

Large pigeons of bright color. Inhabitants of dense humid forests of South and Southeast Asia, the Malay Archipelago, Australia, New Guinea, the islands of Oceania to Tahiti in the east. They eat fruits.

1. Types

The genus includes 35 -37 species:

  • Ducula aenea - butcher pigeon
  • Ducula aurorae - Tahitian fruit pigeon
  • Ducula badia - mountain fruit dove
  • Ducula bakeri - New Hebrides frugivorous pigeon
  • Ducula basilica - Moluccan fruit pigeon
  • Ducula bicolor - bicolor frugivorous pigeon
  • Ducula brenchleyi - chestnut-bellied fruit-eating pigeon
  • Ducula carola - spotted fruit pigeon
  • Ducula chalconota - brilliant frugivorous pigeon
  • Ducula cineracea - Timorese fruit pigeon
  • Ducula concinna - blue-tailed fruit-eating pigeon
  • Ducula constans
  • Ducula finschii - Finsch's frugivorous pigeon
  • Ducula forsteni - Sulawesian fruit pigeon
  • Ducula galeata - Marquis frugivorous pigeon
  • Ducula goliath - New Caledonian fruit pigeon
  • Ducula lacernulata - dark-backed frugivorous pigeon
  • Ducula latrans - Fijian frugivorous pigeon
  • Ducula melanochroa - black fruit pigeon
  • Ducula mindorensis - Mindor fruit dove
  • Ducula mullerii - black-necked fruit-eating pigeon
  • Ducula myristicivora - black-crested fruit pigeon
  • Ducula oceanica - Micronesian frugivorous pigeon
  • Ducula pacifica - Pacific fruit dove
  • Ducula perspicillata - spectacled fruiting pigeon
  • Ducula pickeringii - gray frugivorous pigeon
  • Ducula pinon - big-eyed fruit-eating pigeon
  • Ducula pistrinaria - Melanesian frugivorous pigeon
  • Ducula poliocephala - Filipino fruit-eating pigeon
  • Ducula radiata - striped-tailed fruit-eating pigeon
  • Ducula rosacea
  • Ducula rubricera - red-crested fruit-eating pigeon
  • Ducula rufigaster - red-bellied fruit-eating pigeon
  • Ducula spilorrhoa - piebald fruit pigeon
  • Ducula subflavescens
  • Ducula whartoni - dark fruit dove
  • Ducula zoeae - banded frugivorous pigeon

Fruit-eating pigeons

Fruit pigeons, or fruit pigeons, are a genus of birds of the pigeon family.

Large pigeons of bright color. Inhabitants of dense humid forests of South and Southeast Asia, the Malay Archipelago, Australia, New Guinea, the islands of Oceania to Tahiti in the east. They eat fruits.

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