UGANDA BIRDING SAFARI GUIDE
The African green pigeon
If you are Planning a Uganda Birding Safari. Then plan to enjoy the African green pigeon.
In this section of the Uganda Birding Safari Guide we share with you information about African green pigeons that
can help you enjoy your Bird watching tour to Africa.
You will find:
Facts about the African green pigeon (Treron calva)
The African green pigeons are tree dwelling pigeons and with their cryptic plumage it can be very hard to see them.
It is a stout pigeon with about seven species occurring in East Africa.
In Uganda it is mostly seen in south western & eastern part of the country.
Western birds are greyer in color while those found in the eastern & southern part are greener.
Therefore the color of the bird can help you know which part of the country it’s from.
Characteristics of the African green pigeon
All sexes are alike and the adult bird has a yellow- green head, neck and breast with red short feet, a purple shoulder patch on green wings
and a yellow belly with dark centers to the under tail coverts.
The tail feather may be green or pale grey depending on its origin.
The immature birds are dull and lack the purple shoulder patches.
Where can they be found?
Their habitats are mostly a wide range of woodlands, forest edge, open savanna
and cultivation areas where there are fruiting trees like the fig trees where they blend in perfectly.
They feed on small fruits from most of the trees.
Their vocals are very complex with rising crackling notes and musical growls.
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