Pink-necked Green-pigeons: Pre-roost gathering in the rain and after

on 16th June 2018

An earlier post document the pre-roost behaviour of Pink-necked Green-pigeons (Treron vernans) on top of a large tree LINK.

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I took it for granted that they would not gather when it rains. Well, I was wrong. The rain was not that heavy and it got lighter with time. Then it came in a drizzle. Looking from a distance, I saw a few green-pigeons perching on the end of branches of this tall tree in one of my neighbour’s garden. They were sitting still, soaking in the rain drops.

When the rain stopped the initial few green-pigeons started to preen. They were soon joined by others that flew in and out in a sort of social get together – frolicking, a little of courting and some aggression.

YC Wee
13th March 2018

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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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One Response

  1. It is known among aviculturalists that most pigeons and doves will not bathe in standing water. That is, they do not splash in puddles, shallow dishes or conventional bird baths.
    But it has often been observed in outdoor aviaries that they will refresh themselves by soaking in the rain and rubbing themselves against wet surfaces such as leaves.

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