“Pink-necked Green Pigeons (Treron vernans griseicapilla)
have become increasingly common in the city due to the city council penchant for planting palms and the fair number of ficus trees available. Pink-necked Green Pigeons, like most green pigeons, feed in the canopy for figs/fruit and have rarely been documented descending to ground, except perhaps to drink (see Wells 1999) (below).
“I saw 4 birds feeding on, what appears to be, a discarded mango fruit in a public field. I suspect a sweet mango on the ground was too much to resist. I saw some degree of aggression among them but, by the time I was able to get close, using the car as a hide, two birds (a male and female) had flown away (below).
“The remaining adult male was very possessive of the fruit and only occasionally gave the adult female opportunities to feed. These opportunities happened, I suspect, due to my watching presence which distracted the male.
“The video recording better illustrates this ‘defence’ of the food source (see video below).
“Wells (1999) states ‘once at a source of fruit males in particular become aggressive …. in temporary defence of foraging patches within the canopy’.
“Once the male left the female could eat in peace (above).“
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
21th May 2017
Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: City, urban environment