Pink necked fruit dove
Pink necked fruit dove (Latin Ptilinopus porphyreus) – beautiful representative of the kind of a small colorful fruit dove. All in all, in the world there are about 50 of its various relatives, each with its colorful plumage and a taste for the fruit and the fruit trees. The neck, head and chest of the dove is purple-pink. The lower part of the breast is outlined with white strip, becoming a little thinner on the sides of the body. The upper part of the body is dark green with a metallic sheen on the wings and tail. The belly has ash-gray color, the sides are olive green. The beak is greenish-yellowish, lighter on top. The iris is orange, the bill is greenish, and feet are pink. However, the female is duller than the male.
The pink-headed fruit dove is a resident breeding endemic bird in Indonesia where it occurs in the mountain forests of Sumatra, Java and Bali at altitudes of 1000–2200 m. It builds a flimsy nest in a tree and lays one or sometimes two white eggs which are incubated for 20 days to hatching, with a further 15–16 days to fledgling. It is a shy and inconspicuous species, generally seen singly or in pairs, but flocks of up to 17 birds may form at favored fruit trees.
Doves are well recognized as symbols of love and peace, and the Holy Spirit in Jude-Christian cultures is often symbolized as a dove. Dove is a symbolic bird. Among the continental and British Celts, the dove was associated with healing and with oracles, a connection that may have arisen because the ill are often eager for insight into the future.
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