Bruce’s Green Pigeon
Bruce’s Green Pigeon
Bruce’s Green Pigeon

Bruce’s Green Pigeon

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The Bruce’s Green Pigeon (Treron waalia) is a species of bird in the Columbidae family. It is found in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Togo, Uganda, and Yemen. Bruce’s green pigeon is a canopy-feeding frugivorous pigeon that specializes on consuming the fruits of just one species of fig tree, Ficus platphylla. It is found in wooded valleys, wooded savanna and other wooded habitats throughout sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal through Somalia and all the way into the Arabian Peninsula. It only occurs north of the equator.

The green plumage is produced by a combination of melanin and yellow carotenoid pigments” and that in “several species of the genus Treron, males also show orange carotenoid patches on the breast or belly, and sometimes on their crown or forehead, apart from the green coloration of the body.”

Diet: Frugivorous and fruits of fig tree, Ficus platphylla.