Creasted Guineafowl

The crested guineafowl is native to Africa where it lives in flocks of up to 20 birds in the forests of Tanzania and Kenya. Here they feed on insects, roots and grasses. They are easy to spot with their dark grey to black wings, white spots and red throats.

Tambourine Dove

The tambourine dove forages for seeds, berries and fallen fruit on the ground, but nests in shrubs or trees. The male and female of a breeding pair work together to incubate two cream-colored eggs laid in a twig nest and care for the chicks upon hatching.

Nicobar pigeon

The colorful Nicobar pigeon has such a strong, hooked bill that it can crack open nuts that would require a hammer for a human. They also feed on fruit and various invertebrates found among the leaf litter on the wooded islands they inhabit. Hunting and habitat loss are threatening the species’ survival.

 


 

White-naped Pheasant Pigeon

Living and feeding on the forest floor like a pheasant, the white-naped pheasant pigeon flushes noisily when disturbed. Other than its typical pigeon head, it resembles more a small ground fowl. Its long moaning coo, also uncharacteristic of a pigeon, carries a long distance through the forest.

Social structure: Solitary

Victoria Crowned Pigeon

Nearly the size of a turkey, the Victoria crowned pigeon is the largest of all living pigeons. Quite spectacular, it wears a crown of tall, wispy feathers on top of its head. During courtship, the male bows to his queen, fans his feathers and calls to her with a deep whooping. Victoria crowned pigeons prefer to stay on the ground, only flying up into the trees to escape danger.

Jambu Fruit Dove

Difficult to spot its green feathers among the foliage, the Jambu fruit dove’s soft cooing gives it away. Generally solitary or in pairs, a flock of doves will gather together at a fruiting tree to feed. They pluck fruits directly from the tree or feast on fruits knocked to the ground by monkeys and hornbills.

Indian Peacock

The largest member of the pheasant family, the peacock is famous for its striking appearance. Each year the male peacock grows colorful tail feathers up to several feet long. He spreads out these blue and green patterned feathers in a large fan and shivers them to attract a mate.