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Orange Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus victor)

Cool to see both male (on the left) and female (on the right with nesting material) on the same branch to see the color variation between the two. They're both pretty spectacular!

 

Taveuni Island, Republic of Fiji

 

The Orange Fruit Dove, also known as Flame Dove, is a small, approximately 20 cm (8 in) long, short-tailed fruit-dove in the family Columbidae. One of the most colorful doves, the male has a golden olive head and elongated bright orange "hair-like" body feathers. The golden-olive remiges are typically covered by the long orange wing coverts when perched. The legs, bill and orbital skin are bluish-green and the iris is whitish. The female is a dark green bird with blackish tail and orange-yellow undertail coverts. The young resembles female.

 

The Orange Dove is endemic to forests of Vanua Levu, Taveuni, Rabi, Kioa, Qamea and Laucala islands of Fiji. The diet consists mainly of various small fruits, berries, caterpillars and insects. The female usually lays one white egg.

 

The Orange Fruit Dove is closely related to the Whistling Fruit Dove and Golden Fruit Dove. These species are allopatric, meaning they do not share the same habitat in any location.

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Taken on November 26, 2012