If there is one thing that I enjoy, it’s learning something about wildlife in the world around us. I thought that I knew a lot about it but then I was introduced to this pink-necked green pigeon that is found in areas of Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, and of course Malaysia, Indonesia, and Myanmar. It turns out that they spend the majority of their time in the canopy but they do come to the ground if they are looking for some berries or a drink.
I’m not really sure if this bird would qualify as being the most beautiful in the world, but then again, beauty is in the eye of the beholder! The fact that they have so many colors may leave you wondering, why do they need them? Interestingly, the males are the ones that are brightly colored and the females, although beautiful, have more of a drab green color. In other words, it seems as if the bright colors are there to attract a mate.
There may also be another purpose to the color, and that is camouflage. If you were just to think about it on the surface, you might feel that the colors would make them stick out. As it turns out, however, the rain forest is a colorful place so the birds are able to blend into the canopy with no problem.
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If you ever happen to run across a pink-necked Green pigeon in life, be careful not to touch it. There are a number of reasons why you wouldn’t want to do so but perhaps most important is the nest that they build. They are very thin and you can often see what is inside of the nest when you just look up. The male will collect the nesting material and the female will construct the new home. They are best observed from a distance.
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