Doves are honestly a sublime creature to look at. Columbidae is a bird family consisting of pigeons and doves. It is the only family in the order Columbiformes. These stout-bodied birds have short necks, and short slender bills that in some species feature fleshy ceres. The family contains 344 species divided into 50 genera.
Thirteen of the species are extinct. In fact, there are some that really stand out from the crowd due to their mesmerizing colored feathers. One that has stunned us with its beauty, in particular, is the red-bellied fruit dove.
The red-bellied fruit dove is overall green, but has a purplish-red crown and patch on the central belly. The fruit doves (Ptilinopus greyi) was introduced in 1825 by the English naturalist William John Swainson. The fruit doves are in different colors based on the region they are located.
Scroll down below to see these beauties, and learn some interesting facts about them.
For example, the fruit doves of the Sunda Islands and northern Australia are known for their pink heads, higher saturation on the neck and breast, and their black band across the belly.
Moreover, another beautiful group is the one local to New Guinea, and the Bismarck Archipelago, which are famous for their grey coloration on the head and shoulder and the enlarged bill
Contrary to other group of birds where you can easily tell males from females, when it comes to fruit doves it’s not like that. All the orange doves, golden doves, and whistling doves, have in common their small size, compact shape, yellow or orange coloration in the males, and hair-like body feathers.
Another distinctive thing is their un-pigeon-like vocalization, which sound like snapping, barking, or whistling.
As their name implies, eat fruit—Ficus is especially important and live in various kinds of forest or woodland.