The Rose-crowned Fruit-dove has a round pink hat on top of the head with a very vibrant green body. The chicks are fed a fruit diet making them a true Frugivore.
The Rose-crowned Fruit-dove has become so vulnerable due to the decrease in food sources. They have been unable to adapt to the changes in the landscape due to the clearing of their native berries. Some of our other native pigeons now rely on Camphor Laurel however the Rose-crowned Fruit-dove is not able to survive on the noxious weed.
Pigeons like the topknot and the white headed pigeon are currently surviving on camphor in small flocks. The camphor is probably not a very good substitute for the varied diet of the past and we have already hunted the massive flocks that existed 80 years ago into near extinction. Extensive plantings of berry producing fruits through Landcare has been a welcomed food source for the existing pigeons.
Many of our native berries such as the Blueberry Ash require the seed to be passed through the pigeon’s system in order to break down its very hard outer layer and allow propagation in the soil. This is therefore an essential function of the pigeon within our ecosystem. Pigeons can also drop native seed at the bottom of the camphor laurel when feeding and this promotes forest growth in some circumstances. Once these native species are established the camphor can then be poisoned and become tree hollows in a short time. Tree hollows are essential as many of our endangered species rely on them.
Pigeons are notorious for hitting windows. If this happens pick up the bird with a towel and place it in a box in a warm dark quiet place away from other animals and children and give us a ring. If this happens often at the same window you could put a blind or curtains or some shiny objects to lower the incident rate.
Currently pigeons are having a second breeding season which is normal. So please keep cats and dogs inside if you have pigeons nesting in your yard as they are particularly susceptible at this time. If you find a pigeon chick on the ground place it in a warm dark quiet box and have a look for the parents. If the chick is injured it will need to come into care especially if a cat may have touched it, as the bacteria will kill the bird within the day due to infection. Pigeons feed their chicks by regurgitating crop milk into their young, so please do not attempt to feed them any types of food as they may develop a sour crop which can be fatal.