Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS visited the Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia on 16th September 2010 and encountered the Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica indica). He is sure that there are at least five adults and that the Emerald Dove is slowly but surely proliferating in this forest.
He has often encountered these doves flying swiftly down a trail or more commonly pecking on the ground next to a stream.
“I am always amazed at what these ground feeding doves thrive on (above left). Tiny morsels seem to sustain them and keep them fat – my wife and I think they live on sunshine and fresh air!” muses Amar.
The preening picture of the dove (above right) was taken with flash, exposed only twice, as the location was very dark. Note the left eye. The lower eyelid has been raised more than half way up and is made up of two distinct parts. Check out the earlier post of the Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis) and compare the eyelids.