Monday, March 8, 2010
The Whistling Dove ( Ptilinopus layardi): is a small fruit dove from Fiji. The species has two other common names, the Velvet Dove and the Yellow-headed Dove. It is a small dove of 20 cm. The species is currently common in the forests of Kadavu and Ono islands group in the south of Fiji.
The Many-coloured Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus perousii): is a species of bird in the Columbidae family. It is found in Fiji, the Samoan Islands, and Tonga. It usually feeds high in the canopy on fruit and berries, especially figs. The nest is a small platform of twigs where one white egg is laid. It is a small dove, 23 cm in length. The male is mostly pale yellow-white with a red crown and red bar across the back. The female is mostly green, darker on the back and greyer on the head and breast. Her crown is red while the under tail-coverts are red in Samoan birds and yellow in birds from Fiji and Tonga.
The Purple-capped Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus porphyraceus): It is also known as the Crimson-crowned Fruit-dove or Crimson-capped Fruit-dove. It is a species of bird in Columbidae family. It is found in American Samoa, Fiji,Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Niue, Samoa, Tonga, and Wallis and Futuna Islands.
The Orange Dove or Flame Dove (Ptilinopus victor): It is a small (20 cm long) and the most colorful doves, belongs in Columbidae family. The male has a golden olive head and elongated bright orange "hair-like" body feathers. The legs, bill and orbital skin are bluish-green and the iris is whitish. The female is a dark green bird with blackish tail and orange-yellow under tail coverts. It can be seen in the forests of Vanua Levu, Taveuni, Rabi, Kioa, Qamea and Laucala islands of Fiji. The Orange Dove is closely related to the allopatric Whistling Dove and Golden Dove.