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Green-imperial pigeon drinking rainwater

on 25th September 2021

Thong Chow Ngian sent in this documentation of 4 Green-imperial pigeons drinking rainwater  in Singapore.

On 31 Aug 2021, I observed 4 Green Imperial pigeons (Ducula aenea) perching on the Footstool palm tree (Saribus rotundifolius) outside my apartment balcony during a heavy down pour. I noticed 2 of them drinking rain drops for at least 5 minutes each, while waiting for the rain to stop. I have included 2 photos and a video for reference.

Photo 1. Green-imperial pigeons stretching their necks upwards to drink rain water.
Photo 2. A Green-imperial pigeon stretching its neck forward to drink rainwater off a palm frond surface.

A video of a pigeon in action.

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LW Teo

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