“I am always interested in the food sources of doves, especially the Spotted Dove (Stigmatopelia chinensis) (above) and Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata). They seem to live on ‘fresh air and sunshine’.
“Often their food source is too small to be observed, even with a video, and are assumed to be predominantly seeds. I am fairly certain, after numerous observations, that they feed on the remains/scraps of fruiting ficus and are often found at the base of these trees to pick up remnants.
“This week I saw 6 Spotted Doves feeding at the edge of a mining pool that was being used for fish farming. The farmers throw this rich food/fertilise-like material at the end of the pond for the fish but many birds come to feed on it (Mynas, Pond Herons, Egrets), presumably looking for worms.
“The Spotted Doves were actively feeding on yellow-orange fibrous material interspersed in the fish food. I suspect this is Palm Oil (Elaeis guyeensis) fruit (mesocarp or pulp) which has been mixed into the feed (above, below).
Video recording below:
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
30th January 2018
Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Fish farming at city fringe, ex-mining pools