Zebra Dove feeding on Palm Oil fruit?

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DoveZ-opl palm fr [AmarSingh]

“I was not surprised to see Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus infortunatus) feeding on Palm Oil (Elaeis guyeensis) fruit – LINK. But there was a Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata) also pecking at the fruit and droppings on the ground (above).

“A close up shows its beak is coated with Palm Oil fruit. It is possible it was feeding on small remnants of the fruit.

“What these birds feed on, some small particles from the ground, have always puzzled me. I have often seen them pecking under fruit ficus and I suspect small bits of fruit make up part of their diet.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
2nd January 2017

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Secondary growth

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