Zebra Dove feeding on grain/ lentil

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“I came across a large number of birds feeding by the roadside on grain that had been thrown there, possibly intentionally thrown to feed them. It looked like some sort of lentil.

“The Zebra Doves (Geopelia striata) were feeding furiously on it, often taking one grain after the other rapidly. It was hard to image this.

Three grains in the beak at the same time. They use the tongue to push back the grains that are picked up to make room rapidly for more.
Grains that the Zebra Doves are feeding on.

“The image below shows an immature bird feeding.

“A video of the activity in real time is shown below.

“To better show the ‘multiple grain feeding’ activity, I extracted numerous images from the video, cropped them to focus on the activity and then did a video animation in slow motion, see below.

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
28th April 2018

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Urban environment

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