June 21, 2015 – Pied Imperial-Pigeon, Torresian Imperial Pigeon, Torres Strait Pigeon, White Nutmeg-Pigeon, Nutmeg Pigeon, Spice Pigeon, or Australian Pied Imperial-Pigeon (Ducula spilorrhoa)

These large pigeons are found in Southeast Asia, the Philippines, and northern Australia. They eat fruits from various plants, such as wild figs and nutmeg. In some areas, such as Queensland, Australia, they nest in colonies which can include up to tens of thousands of birds. In other areas they are solitary nesters. They build their nests from twigs, unless nesting on the ground, where they may simply surround the site with fruit seeds. Like other members of the dove family, they share parenting duties, with the male and female incubating eggs and brooding and feeding chicks on alternating days.

Happy Father’s Day!