Thursday, May 1, 2014

In the early morning light

'Tekukur' or Spotted-necked Dove
 In the early morning light when the rays are soft and gradually glowing, I would normally walk the park to observe the early birds.  At the Cempedak Hill I noticed a dove and a pigeon taking turns to rest on their favourite perch.  First was the Spotted-necked Dove which is more seen in the towns than in the forest environment.  Later a pigeon dropped by and it was not an ordinary pigeon.  On closer observation I noticed it was the male of the Pink-necked Green Pigeon which the Malays called 'Punai Gading'.

 The picture at right shows the Punai Gading (Malay) - Treron vernans.
It produces a very soft yet melodious whistle. Its legs and feet are coral pink with pinkish grey neck and head.  Its flight feathers are black.

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