Terry Watts (sirterrywatts) wrote,
Terry Watts

Emerald Dove - Chalcophaps indica

Also known as the green-winged pigeon, this bird is very common across south-east Asia.

There are about 5 sub-species across; India, Christmas Island, Indonesia, and PNG. In Australia, these birds are often seen with white caps on their mantles, and a grey to light grey head. Variations have rifling through their green wings and breast, others with a disjunct grey to white cap on their head. Most have a distinctive orange beak.

Today's bird is a very healthy example of a mature adult. The photograph could have been sharper around the head, but the photo did turn out well in comparison to others in the dense undergrowth of the tropical forest.

Tags: australian birds, chalcophaps indica, emerald dove
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