I observed a pair of Jambu Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus jambu) in March 2022 in Perak, feeding on the fruit of the Vitex pinnata (Malayan Teak, local name “Leban”) – fruits are 5-8 mm in diameter, black when ripe and a popular fruit tree for many bulbul, barbet and flowerpecker species (see 5th image). This is a new food source for the species.
Both birds appeared immature (self-feeding juveniles).
The first bird (image 1 and 2) appeared to be an immature male with pink-crimson developing in the face, white underpart and the breast patch just having a hint of pink (currently dark grey). The dark throat appears to have been acquired early.
The second bird (image 3 and 4) looked to be an immature female with no pink in the face and the upper part of the breast darker with a tinge of green developing.
There were no adults in attendance.
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS – Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia