Vibrant Presence of Green Imperial Pigeon at the Island of Koh Chang
Green Imperial Pigeon
Ducula aenea or commonly known as the Green Imperial Pigeon is a resident bird in Thailand and can generally be found in entire region except in its central island. In the island of Koh Chang, particularly, this species of bird is very notable in the tropical dense lowland forest. The Green Imperial Pigeon’s call is deep and resonant, and is often the first indication of the presence of this treetop species.
The Green Imperial Pigeon belongs to the same family as the dove which is columbidae. Its body size of approximately 43 centimeters made the Green Imperial Pigeon somewhat a large bird. The physical features of this species are recognizable and distinct. The feathers on its upper part of the wing, its back and the outer tail are colored grayish green and naturally shiny and beautiful. Its head and mouth are gray, the neck part is white and the feet are red. Green Imperial Pigeon’s lower part of the chest and body are generally gray. Reddish brown feathers covered its tail edge. It has a distinct white circle on the edge of its eyes. It normally hides in the bush and seeks for the food on the tree. It does not like to stay on the ground except coming down for drinking water or eating the salt lick. It survives mainly on fruits especially ripened ones. At a glance, male and female Green Imperial Pigeons cannot be directly distinguished because both resemble the same exterior or physical form. But bird enthusiasts observed that males normally have a slight bigger body frame from females.
Green Imperial Pigeons are known good flyers. They fly very quickly. Like other pigeons, they live in troops. But during breeding season, they can be found in pairs. They normally breed during summer to the beginning of rainy season. The female lays one to two white eggs and housed its eggs in a nest roughly made with dry branches or twigs with fibrous materials as that with coconut sheaths or tiny tree leaves. Though at present Green Imperial Pigeons are classified LC or least concern in the conservation status, they are nonetheless regarded as protected wild animals.