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Pink-necked Green Pigeon – iris

on 16th March 2018

“I was watching a very compliant/friendly female Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans griseicapilla) feeding on a fruiting Muntingia calabura (‘Village Cherry’). As usual, only took the green-yellow fruit and not the fully ripe or discoloured ones.

PNGP-iris [AmarSingh]

“Allowed me to stick my long lens up close in its face; I was interested to get some images of the iris (above, below).

PNGP-iris [AmarSingh]

“Once it had fed it promptly took a nap, despite my proximity. Note the beautiful double coloured iris, lavender-pink outside with a bright blue inner ring (see Wells 1999). The blue and pink can only be seen in certain lighting and postures; as Wells notes, the whole iris can look dark red, and that is the common appearance you see in the field (below).

PNGP-iris [AmarSingh]

“To sleep or feed the bird will close the eye lids (not nictitating membrane); the lower eyelid is larger (below). Note the yellow-green cere at base of the upper beak (above).

PNGP-iris [AmarSingh]

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
18th February 2018

Location: Malim Nawar, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Ex-mining pools, fish farming, wetlands

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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