Pink-necked green pigeon

One of the most beautiful pigeons

JJ Harrison

The pink-necked green pigeon is a visually striking bird that graces the skies and trees of Southeast Asia. The male’s plumage is a canvas of vibrant colors, with varying shades of green complemented by a distinct pink neck, an eye-catching orange patch on the lower breast, and a bright yellow vent, making it one of the more colorful pigeon species. Females, though less flamboyant, possess their own subtle beauty with olive-green plumage and yellow-green underparts, which aid in camouflage during nesting and foraging.

These birds exhibit remarkable adaptability, inhabiting a range of environments from open forest edges and mangroves to plantations and cultivated gardens. This adaptability allows them to thrive in both natural and modified landscapes, often spotted in urban areas where fruiting trees are present.

When foraging, pink-necked green pigeons display a preference for fruits, with figs being a particular favorite. Their foraging behavior is not just a feast for the eyes but also a crucial ecological role, as they are vital seed dispersers for many fruiting tree species. While searching for food, their acrobatic maneuvers are a testament to their agility and precise control over their flight, often hanging upside down to reach the choicest morsels.

Social by nature, pink-necked green pigeons typically forage in small groups, which allows them to locate fruiting trees more efficiently. At dusk, they are known to roost communally, gathering in large numbers in a single tree, creating a spectacle of color and communal interaction.

Despite their social nature, these pigeons are not particularly vocal, often only heard making soft cooing sounds that blend into the ambient noises of their habitats.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Cambodia
2016
Indonesia
2016
Malaysia
2016
Myanmar
2016
Philippines
2016
Breeding
Singapore
2016
Breeding
Thailand
2016
Vietnam
2016

Did you know?

  • They play an ecologically crucial role in the dispersal of seeds and are very important for forest regeneration.
  • As they are very adaptable, there is huge pressure for the pet trade.
  • There is no accurate or tentative data on their population, but as they are widely distributed make them LC.

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Flock

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No